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Arsenal Supremo Hints At More Signings & Warns RVP

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has hinted the club will make further signings this summer, and warned Robin van Persie that they can’t offer him top end wages

Peter Hill-Wood

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has hinted the club will be making further signings this summer, while also warning striker Robin van Persie that the Gunners can’t offer him top end wages.

Arsenal have already secured the signing of German international striker Lukas Podolski from FC Cologne and have been linked with a whole host of players this summer.

A defensive midfielder and another attacker appear to be on manager Arsene Wenger’s shopping list and Hill-Wood has revealed that he’s confident the club will be making further additions to the squad this summer.

Speaking to the Mirror, the Arsenal supremo said:

“We have already brought in one new player in Lukas ­Podolski and I believe we will bring in more. I am confident we will, in fact.”

The long serving chairman then had his say on the future of star striker Robin van Persie, insisting the Dutchman will have to leave the club if it’s money he’s interested in.

It’s no secret RVP has only one year left on his Arsenal contract and has yet to sign an extension, despite talks with Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis at the end of the season.

The likes of Man City and Juventus have been strongly linked with a move and Hill-Wood has said that although the club will do everything they can to keep hold of him, if Robin is looking for a large pay-day then the Gunners can’t compete with the money on offer elsewhere.

“He is vital to us and has been an extremely good captain,”

“But if somebody comes along and offers Robin £250,000 a week then I am afraid we cannot compete with that.

“With players, you never know what they are going to do. Some players say they want silverware but when they have the chance to earn ­extraordinary money that has been pumped into the game, then you just have to hope they will stay ­because they are happy and loyal where they are.

“There are players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at Manchester United who have been loyal to one club but players like that are few and far between.

“Hopefully we can reach ­agreement with Robin and ideally he will extend his contract. I just hope that Robin will be with us next season because I genuinely feel we can make a real challenge for the ­Premier League title.

“We had an atrocious start to last season but we recovered to finish third which was a marvellous achievement when you look at the problems that we had with ­injuries.”

Van Persie has delayed talks over his future until after this summers European championships, but Holland may be set for an early exit after a shock 1-0 loss to Denmark in their Group B opener on Saturday.

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How many players do you think Arsenal will sign this summer? And will RVP stay? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. Chumo

    June 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm


  2. sunday

    June 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    rvp will stay if manager arsene wenger sign like five big players and sell all our fring players.his just want manager arsene wenger and lan gazidis sign big name signing.that is what rvp want and he will stay.thanks

    • Paul N

      June 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm


    • Hoosain

      June 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

      I totally agree with u…RVP said so himself, in order for him to stay and win titles Wenger has to start signing big name players.And get rid of players like Chamakh,Park and a few others that had no impact on last season.

  3. read power

    June 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    he has left arsenal already guys…trust me.

  4. obatiku

    June 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I cannot ask him even if i meet him personally to quit arsenal fc but the board should try and pay him cos he works day and night for arsenal , compare his influence on the club with yaya toure and many big earners you see that he worth 180k per week. We love persie and we want him to remain in arsenal. Le Prof pleas sign more utilities player and hope our sliverware will end . Fans here in Nigeria check every seconds for new (news)

  5. aeezgunners

    June 10, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    We can’t compete with big spenders. Van persie owe arsenal a lot and he should be thankful cox arsenal stood by him through his injury period. This season was the best of Persie in arsenal history cox the guy was injury free. If he thinks he is superior than the club, I think he should be sold but the board should table their plan and improve is wages so as to wave out the pressure from other club. We can’t just be selling our best players every season. Consistency matters a lot. If Van stays, with the acquisition of some players,I think we are going to be a team to reckon with next season. Also, we should get rid of those fringe players for new faces. I shall forever be a gooner

  6. Zgooner

    June 11, 2012 at 1:33 am

    He’ll stay. Arsenal won’t match other club offers, but RVP will get a hefty package he can live with.

  7. Odera christian

    June 11, 2012 at 4:37 am

    I personally lv Rvp bt 4 him stayin wit us nxt season is confusin. Plz wenger sign more quality playerx lyk M villa, Girond nd more so dat we cn challenge 4 title nxt season. Up Gunners up Naija

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  9. TT

    June 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

    We still need a centre back – Mertesacker is not good enough. RVP leaving will not be the end of the world as long as we bring in worthy replacements and I feel Podolski and Giroud would be just that.
    Then to finish off, just need a Song-esque central midfielder – defensive but who can also create.

  10. Mastercoded

    June 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Am stil confident d@ rvp w stay & wenger w sign three more addictional player

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