Can Arsenal rely on Robin to commit?

by Gary Taylor

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

It has taken him 238 games but Robin van Persie has finally become part of the Arsenal 100 club, the question is will he reach 150 goals at the Emirates?

The Dutchman’s contract in North London is due to expire in the summer of 2013 and he is refusing to rush into penning an improved deal at the club.

This will strike fear into every Arsenal fan around the globe because to lose van Persie would be catastrophic, even more so than the losses of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

As has been rightly pointed out, he is the only real world-class player left at the club following the summer departures of the midfield duo.

And at present, as demonstrated against Bolton, he is the one player who can win a game single-handedly and to lose another captain would be hugely damaging for the club.

In all honesty, if I was in van Persie’s shoes, I would probably be looking around at the dressing room and questioning their ability to challenge for silverware.

And this would prompt me to think, at the age of 28 and with only an FA Cup winner’s medal in my collection, will this change in two years?

I think the overwhelming answer would be no and without some serious summer investment next year, I would not be at all surprised if he wanted to leave.

The one thing you must admire is his fight for the cause and his comments regarding the delay on a new contract should give Gunners fans some hope.

He said: “It’s not only about me, it’s about the team. We are not talking now because we are so busy – we have games every three or four days”.

It’s nice to know he has the team’s interests at heart but was that just a cute way of swerving the actual issue of his contract? I think so.

Any who, for me, van Persie has always been the key to Arsenal winning a trophy in recent years, even more so than Fabregas or Nasri.

His goals, class and creativity are missed immensely when, as he has been with alarming regularity, on the side-lines through injury.

When he is fit, there is no doubt in my mind that he is up there with the very best strikers in the world as his stats for this year suggest.

He has found the net 25 times in 31 games for his club and much of this came towards the back end of last season when the players around him were crumbling under pressure.

Arsene Wenger does not have another striker fit to lace the Dutchman’s boots and the contract situation will be a tense and drawn out affair.

Ambition, or lack of, was the reason for Nasri jumping ship to the Etihad, Wenger and Arsenal must ensure the same thing does not drive van Persie away from the Emirates.

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  • Mystical Mike

    i think he’s doing exactly what Nasri did. Waiting to see if we show a bit more ambition.

    To be honest, I wouldn’t blame him for wanting out would you?

    We actually made 12m from transfers, so add that to the 50m that we already have and theres 60m. Spend it Wenger or lose your job.

  • Mystical Mike

    I would put Saga in the world class bracket. The most consistent right back in the league for the past 3 seasons

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