I can imagine the scene, the father-son like relationship between Arsene Wegner and Robin Van Persie broken as Van Persie reveals he won’t sign a new contract. Robin’s eyes rooted to the floor as he avoids any contact, his voice crackling as he mutters the words “I’m leaving gaffer”. Wenger like many of us knew this was coming, he continues to read some papers on his desk, buying a few more seconds and delaying the inevitable, he finally looks up and tilts his glasses down, Robins gaze finally meets his and Wegner clears his throat gruffly before speaking in his hoarse Scottish accent “Why son, why? You could be the greatest player in the world”. Why does he have a Scottish accent? Because it in all dramatizations of the Arsenal backroom staff Wenger should be played by Brian Cox that’s why.
Van Persie’s statement on his website was respectful, he has always been a likeable character and has dealt with this situation with class and professionalism. Could he be making the wrong decision though? Arsenal have already made strides to bolster their attack with the acquisitions of Lukas Podoloski a player who has matured from his rough patch at Bayern Munich and is a real direct player and dangerous threat on the wings or upfront. They have also signed Oliver Giroud whose 21 goals helped Montpelier win the Ligue 1 last year. Both these signings show change in Arsenals old “Buying for the future” Policy, while neither are over the hill they are both mature players with Podolski at 27 and Giroud at 25. While Van Persie had a great season he was overworked and over relied on, both these players can alleviate the burden on his shoulders. Depth was a real issue at Arsenal but they have addressed that issue upfront at least, RVP, Giroud, Walcott and Podolski, Gervinho are impressive options upfront.
Arsenal’s ongoing injuries have to be taken into account, Wilishere missing the whole season was a huge blow, if he can get back to fitness for the start of the season Arsenals midfield could consist of any combination Wilishere, Rosicky, Song, Ramsey and Arteta as well as some talented youngsters in Coquelin, Frimpong and Lansbury. Ryo Miyaichi had a good loan spell with Bolton last season and proved he can be dangerous at this level also. Arsenal are also still apparently in the chase for Yann M’Vila the extremely talented French Midfielder. He could be the missing piece in an Arsenal team that could contend this year provided they keep all the pieces of their jigsaw. Of course luck always play a part and for Arsenal luck is seldom on their side. Still the talent at Arsenal can’t be ignored and if Van Persie as unlikely as it is decides to stay, they could be stronger than they have been in years.
The only feasible options for Van Persie are Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester City, United or perhaps P.S.G. Something tells me he would be surplus to requirements at Barcelona provided Villa is back to full form this year, also Madrid already have Benzema, Ronaldo and Higuain its hard to see where he could slot in. He would be crucified by his former supporters for joining either of the Manchester clubs, and PSG doesn’t really justify his departure in the hunt for more silverware. So will it be Juventus? It’s hard to see, the Seria A is still considered a big step down from the Premier League. Whatever happens he will likely be gone from Arsenal within the next few weeks, it will be interesting to see whether he made the right decision or not.