As the season draws towards its end, with only 10 games remaining, Arsenal only have a 3rd place finish to look forward to. Even though Arsenal have been knocked out of every cup competition, domestic and European, an automatic qualification place for Europe will be considered as a brilliant achievement by Wenger, when you consider the squad at his disposal and the poor start they made this season. Gunners have recovered wonderfully well.

Even if Arsenal manage to out muscle Spurs for the 3rd place in the league, it might call for momentary jubilation, but in the end, it is another trophy-less season. Ai??Most of the Gooners are already looking ahead to the next season, which many consider, will be the most important in Arsene Wengerai??i??s reign at the club, because next season a 3rd place finish might not be acceptable for a club like Arsenal. Big changes are expected in the clubai??i??s transfer policy and wage structure, and if recent development is anything to go by, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

When this season ends, some big movements in the transfer market is expected at the Emirates. Arsene Wenger has reportedly been handed over a A?50 million war-chest by the board. Ai??Although a host of names has already been linked with the London club, the most important signing (or Non-signing) of the summer will be made within the club itself.

THE MOST important signing next season

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The Wait Continues..

Only if you have just come back from a long vacation in Neptune, will you be unaware of the fact that Van Persieai??i??s contract is about to expire at the end of the next season. Similarly, only Everton have not shown interest in signing the Dutch striker next season. ai???Captain Vantasticai???, as he is called by his fans, has nearly single-handedly prevented Arsenal from slipping down into mid-table mediocrity. For Arsenal to challenge for silverware next season, it is imperative that they retain their skipper.

The contract talks have been put on hold for now, with both parties insisting that it will be held at the end of this season. Van Persie is currently on a wage of A?80,000-a-week, and he is sure to get a pay-hike in his next contract. Arsenal are reportedly willing to offer him a club record A?130,000-a-week and a signing-on fee of A?5 million. This itself shows, how importantly he is regarded at the club.

There have been a lot of stories, generally contradictory ones, about my contract situation recently so I’d like to make it clear. There’s nothing complicated or sinister ai??i?? the club and I have both agreed to speak at the end of the season and see how things stand. The boss, Ivan Gazidis and I are all comfortable with it.ai???

ai??i?? Van Persie

Manchester City’s Interest – DAi??jAi?? Vu?

Manchester City has recently expressed Interest in signing the flying Dutchman, and for most of the Gooners, it might sound like dAi??jAi?? vu. Mancini has recently said ai??i??

ai???We are interested in all good players. This is normal, but not only us. I think all the good teams are interested in Van Persie. I think Van Persie at this moment is one of the best strikers in Europe with (Lionel) Messi, (Cristiano) Ronaldo and with Sergio (Aguero) and Mario (Balotelli). He is a fantastic striker, but I think he will sign a new contract at Arsenal, because if Arsenal also lose Van Persie they will have a big problem.ai???

If reports are to be believed, the Manchester club is set to offer Van Persie aAi??A?220,000-per-week contract over four years! Arsene Wenger, when asked about City’s interest, in a recent statement has said –

ai???Our plan is to keep Robin van Persie even if we buy any player, If you are to have one quality it is not to be unsettled because what is said of you by other clubs is part of the job. What is important is how much you want to win the next game and all the rest is basically not important. Robin is the leader of our club and I would just like to specify that he is not at the end of his contract. He is under contract until 2013. So you do your job, focus on your job which he does very well and enjoy your games.”

Worryingly for the Gooners, nearly same set of events and press statements followed last year after Manchester City declared their interest in Samir Nasri. Eventually the contract talks, which were similarly supposed to be held at the end of that season, resulted in nothing and City got their man. Not to mention, they got Gael Clichy as well.

Loyalty, Money And Success

The fact remains, that in todayai??i??s world of football, loyalty for a football club is tied to either money or success, if you donai??i??t consider few exceptions. Even though Arsenal are going to offer Van Persie a club record salary, still that amount is less than what star players in other big clubs earn. Ai??These are the reported figures of some top earner in the English premier league –

  1. Wayne Rooney ai??i?? A?250,000 a week
  2. Fernando Torres ai??i?? A?200,000 a week*
  3. Yaya Toure -Ai??A?185,000 a week
  4. John Terry ai??i?? A? 150,000 per week
  5. Carlos Tevez ai??i?? A?150,000 a week

*figures are debatable

When you compare the above figures with the mere A?80,000-a-week contract for Van Persie at the moment, it doesnai??i??t make for good reading. Even the reported A?130,000-a-week new contract that is to be offered, falls way below the above mark. Having said this, Van Persieai??i??s decision on his future would probably be more effected by silverware, rather than money. Most of the fans believe, the captainai??i??s love for the club would see him rejecting big money deals from other clubs, given (most importantly) Arsene Wenger and the board are able to convince him that the club will compete with the best for all the trophies.

The Dutchman is 28 years-old now; he is at the peak of his footballing prowess. After years of frustration with injuries, he has finally made it big and is presently one of the best forwards in the world. He would very well know that if he wants to win something in his career to show for his performances, it is now that he will have to do it. And Arsene Wenger has a job on his hand of convincing him that he will be able to achieve that with the club he loves so much.

Lukas Podolski – To Retain Or Replace?

At the end of this season, Van Persie is likely to keep a close watch on the intent shown by the club in the transfer market. To retain world-class players, who have to buy other world-class players to play alongside him, and if reports are to be believed, Arsenal have already made good strides in that department.

Lukas Podolski has been in the news for quite a while now. The German International is believed to have agreed fees with the London club, with media reporting that even a medical has been completed. Podolski can play upfront, but he is most effective as a wide striker (on the left). He is a sort of player, who would quite easily fit into the Arsenal system. His record for the national team is eye-catching and he has been in brilliant form for Koln this season, scoring 16 goals in 22 appearances. While cynics say that he is being bought to replace Robin Van Persie, Wenger has made it clear that any players bought will be there to support the captain, not replace him.

Podolski - first step to retain Van Persie?

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With host of other players already been linked with the Gunners, this transfer season promises to be a busy one. Wenger at first is set to clear all the dead wood from the team, with Bendtner, Almunia andAi??Denilson all set to depart. Even Arshavin has been loaned out, and his future at the club is unsure. If all the above players depart, it will give Arsene the opportunity to offer higher wages to other players, including their captain.

If Arsenal manages to sign two big names this summer, it is sure to convince Van Persie to stay at the club. He would want to stay, because, as hard it would be for Arsenal to lose their captain, it will be tough for Van Persie to leave the club, he loves so much. It is time for Arsenal to make a statement of intent, in the transfer market and to Van Persie. This summer, millions will hold their breath in anticipation for a signature on the dotted lines, that might very well decide the future of the club.

 

 

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5 Responses to “Arsenal’s Corner : Robin Van Persie – The Most Important Signing Next Summer”

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  1. colinc says:

    i personnally think the question should be will arsenal spend the £50 million to entice him to stay but i fear they will not. i think they will make efforts to spend just so we can see that they mean business, but for me they won’t. i think they will make a couple of buys, spending around £30 million and hoping we won’t notice the difference. sorry but i do not honestly have the confidence in this board. they will spend some money but grudgingly. colinc

  2. blob says:

    Great article.

  3. Bonface imbote says:

    Rvp should retain arsenal

  4. Rahul Bhutani says:

    Follow the Indian football Debate by the HardTackle’s Resident Authors and contribute your opinions as well

    http://www.thehardtackle.com/2012/tht-debates-is-savio-medeira-right-to-demand-a-one-international-striker-only-clause-in-the-i-league/