Van Persie Stalls – Wenger Should Show Him the Door
Robin van Persie’s contract expires in summer 2011 and the club has been locked in contract negotiations all season. The club appeared to have offered the Dutch striker £75,000 a week, but van Persie is stalling over signing a new contract.
There was talk earlier that he wanted a buyout clause, which was as low as €5 million. The club, refused to meet this demand.
Now van Persie is coming out with the old “meeting my ambition” chestnut.
‘The club and I have not been able to make any headway,” van Persie said.”My aim was to play as many matches as possible and I achieved it by taking part in 44 games. I am also happy with my number of goals and assists.
“But the one blemish is that we have not won anything. Lifting a trophy, and the feeling that gives you, is what football is all about.”
There is nothing wrong in this statement if you have played your heart out and others have contributed to the club’s failure. In van Persie’s case this is not what has happened. He had a good start and middle to the season, but when it came to the business end of the season, and we needed a striker, van Persie disappeared.
Does anyone remember van Persie in the semi-final against Chelsea, what was his contribution? Where was van Persie against Manchester United? In the league apart from the gift on Sunday from Stoke City, the only other goal he has scored from open play this side of Christmas was in January against Everton.
Van Persie is not a prolific goal scorer and has contributed little else in recent weeks. If van Persie thinks he will hold this club to ransom, then he can leave and experience the success that others have experienced like Hleb, Flamini, Overmars and Petit.
Our attack next season needs to be built around Arshavin and his talents, if that means no van Persie well so be it.