RvP talks Arsenal future
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie today held talks with his manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis to discuss his future with the north London side.
May 15th, 2012
The Gunners captain currently has one year remaining on his contract, and with discussions happening today chez Wenger, the only question on fans’ minds is – what next for the Dutch superstar?
Having been reluctant to begin negotiations on a contract extension until the end of the season – which Arsenal wrapped up in fine style with a thrilling 3-2 victory at West Brom – van Persie may have wanted to make fully clear to the club his case for a new deal.
This he managed spectacularly, as his 30 goals in 38 league games not only made him this season’s top scorer in the Premier League, but also allowed his side to clinch the third guaranteed spot in the group stage of next season’s Champions League – avoiding the headache of permutation which now plagues Spurs fans as they become German for a day this weekend.
And by the same token, it’s this very prize to which Wenger can point to as he makes his own case for van Persie to stay. With a guaranteed group of top-tier European action set for next season, Arsenal’s early stutters in this one – in which they lost four of their opening seven – were blown away by their eventual top-three finish.
M. Wenger knows precisely that this is what he needed to achieve in order to keep the Dutchman at the club – “[Champions League football] makes it easier to attract good players and keep them” – and with a number of other clubs reportedly sniffing around (Manchester City representatives reportedly met with van Persie’s agent in February), van Persie can now head off for boot camp with his countrymen ahead of Euro 2012 knowing that his award-winning work during this fine season is done.