While we're still in the dark about Robin van Persie's contract negotiations with Arsenal, it's always good to hear what the fans are saying. I just heard Tim Stillman on the Arseblog podcast make an interesting point about RVP possibly seeing out his contract. Tim says if that happens, then the onus is on him to stay fit. The only thing is how can you legislate against injury? Especially if you have a chocolate leg. In the fast-and-furious Premier League, you're only a stray tackle away from being crocked. Just ask Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby. Unfortunately, I think the club will have no option but to sell RVP if he refuses to sign. We have to think of the future and if we can get £20m RVP, we could draft a decent-ish replacement, surely?
Meanwhile, former Gunner Patrick Vieira reckons we have to avoid letting RVP go. The story in The Telegraph goes on about how Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere may also leave if RVP leaves this summer. The way this club has being run, perhaps we shouldn't be too alarmed by that. As long as we bring in large amounts of money that is re-invested in the squad, I don't have a problem with that. What worries me is the club putting profits before points. Last season's disastrous start showed the dangers of asset-stripping (allowing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to leave without replacing them) and surely the club has learned from the experience.
Maybe that was why we bought Lukas Podolski. It's a bit early in the pre-season to be allocating squad numbers, butI'm predicting he'll be the new number 10 if the RVP saga isn't sorted out soon.