Contract Dilemna For Arsenal Stars
Two of our young stars Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott are locked into contract talks with Arsenal’s hierarchy. Both players’ contracts expire in July 2010, which means the club needs to tie them down before this summer, or the likelihood is they will run down their contracts and leave on a Bosman.
Theo is currently paid £20,00 per week, which in football terms is a pauper’s salary. The club need to offer young Walcott £50,000 a week. He is vital to development of Arsenal and is a crucial part of Wenger’s plans for Arsenal. We have seen this season what he can do, how his confidence has been boosted by a few good games. He causes defenders problems with his tricks and his lightening speed. If the club try to short change him and offer say £35,000, then he has every right to leave. We must start to look at the long-term effect on the club if we keep losing players because we are not prepared to pay the market rates. Theo is one player we cannot afford to lose.
Robin van Persie is a different case, he appears to have agreed the wages with the club, expected to be in the region of £70,000 a week, however, for van Persie the issue is the “club meeting my ambitions”, how many times have we heard this? Van Persie has only won the FA Cup with us and is anxious to add to this solitary piece of silverware.
Van Persie told the Sun: “Financially the last offer made by the club is fine but that isn’t everything for me.
“It’s about my ambitions and how they can be fulfilled in the coming years. The club and I want the same and it is our intention we achieve that.”
He added: “Arsenal have promised me they will do everything possible to make that extra step to a level where we win prizes on a regular basis.
“In the last four years I’ve had only one prize, the FA Cup, and that’s not enough.
“I want to achieve more and I feel I can play an important role in bringing Arsenal to a higher level.”
A good showing in he Champions League against Roma and progress to the semi-final of the FA Cup could be enough to persuade the Dutchman that Arsenal is still the club for him.
Wenger and Gazidis will need to work particularly hard over the coming weeks to persuade these two to sign a new contract, the signing of Arshavin is definitely a a sign of intent on the part of Arsenal.
I am sure that both Theo and Robin will sign new contracts and be part of Wenger’s new revolution that is taking shape at the Emirates.