He leaves when he wants, he leaves when he wants, he’s Robin Van Persie and he leaves when he wants. by Adam Kemp
In most teams a captain is supposed to demonstrate fierce loyalty, inspire his teammates and represent the club’s philosophies. Unfortunately the captain’s armband at Arsenal is signified as a price tag for its most prized asset. Hopefully Arshavin, Bendtner, Denilson, Squillaci and Park will all have a shout of being appointed captain anytime soon. Arsenal has not even had a semi loyal captain since Gallas and even he defected to Spurs. Between Kroenke, Gazidis and Wenger, there has been a royal cock up in how players are managed and rewarded.
So I guess that’s another world class player on his way out of Arsenal. Another groundhog summer, another captain on his way out of the club; leaves behind us fans arguing about who is to blame, and what could have been done differently. Towards the back end of last season RVP’s body language was not quite right and the goals began to dry up. He looked disinterested and although we sang ‘he scores when he wants’ we maybe should have sung ‘he leaves when he wants.’ Maybe if we were not so blindly loyal to these players and treat them like gods, then they may have to actually earn our respect with commitment. RVP is just another mercenary waste of space and will fit in perfectly at City.
From observing his post-match interviews where he refused to commit himself to the club, I couldn’t help just think that he will almost certainly refuse to sign a new deal. Some shambolic performances this season has condemned us to losing our appeal to the top players. RVP’s official statement to the fans is riddled with hypocrisy and is sign of player dissent and disrespect. He states ‘Out of my huge respect for Mr. Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward. I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract.’
Please can anybody tell me that this statement reflects the huge respect that Van Persie holds for our club? This statement is a complete oxymoron written by a moron! Arsenal have stated on their official site that they intended to keep him to the terms of the final year of his contract, however, RVP’s now ensured Arsenal will have no choice but to flog him. The likely destination would be City as they seem to inherit all of our disgruntled and disloyal players. If he decides the Italian league is a step up in class, then Juventus will no doubt offer a modest fee for a player of his quality. They have already offered an insulting £8 Million which was firmly rejected. Just like Adebayor, Clichy, Nasri and Fabregas, he will effectively cause disharmony, forcing us to sell him on his own terms to the club of his choice.
Why is the club so adamant to renew the contracts of the likes of Johan Djourou, when they have two years left, as opposed to renewing Van Persie’s last summer? I believe Alex Song and Theo only have one year left and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if they jumped ship as well. Other big teams seem to effortlessly tie down their key players to long term deals, whereas Arsenal players state that there is plenty of time for talks. I am disgusted at the lack of discipline or ethical considerations that our club implement in terms of player recruitment and retention. Arsenal is definitely a commercial business run for profit taking as opposed to winning silverware. It is not a coincidence that every world class player wants to move on to other clubs that harbour more footballing ambition.
I say sell the disloyal Dutch maestro and spend the fee on other areas of the squad. C’mon, did you really think Podolski and Giroud weren’t going to be his replacements? This is the first summer that Arsenal has actually signed players before the start of the transfer window. At least we have learned from our mistakes last summer and made a start in the transfer market. So let’s hope he is sold for a substantial fee, and unlike last summer let’s hope the board and Wenger actually invest this money on new players.
I would argue that RVP owes a great debt to Arsenal for sticking by him when injuries plagued his career, and yet, this is how he repays the club. He is a little man and there will be other players to idolise after he has gone. We can discuss all day long whether his claim that Arsenal aren’t going in the right direction holds water. Personally, I agree with him and I have been saying for years that there are severe problems imbedded in the management of the club. Let’s be honest, Arsenal are not likely to mount a serious title challenge next season as we have an inadequate team.
Every time I have criticised Arsenal and the great untouchable Wenger, many of you are quick to send abusive messages venting your anger towards my posts. I am incredibly frustrated that we make vast sums of profit and pay the highest ticket prices in the world, only to watch inconsistent players fail. I am fed up of fans likening their footballing heroes to gods as they are just business men with no true loyalty to a club. Van Persie – like Nasri – is a disrespectful tool and doesn’t deserve your respect. Every summer we seem to have a drama with one player that sends out the wrong message to younger players within the team. The players are probably thinking that if I play well then maybe a City will give me double my wages!
Let’s just hope Podolski doesn’t put in a transfer request next summer?