After the last match of the season against WBA, won by Arsenal with a 3-2 scoreline, manager Arsene Wenger spoke about the situation with RVP’s expiring contract.
Van Persie has snubbed all contract negotiations until the season finished, so now it’s time for him to face reality and make a choice. Following the game, Wenger thought that Champions League qualification could only help the talks: “It is easier to attract players and to keep them.” he said.
It was suggested to Wenger that Van Persie’s after-game celebrations could be taken as a farewell to the Arsenal fans, but Wenger disagreed. “You can make of that what you want.” he said. “If a player does not come out and celebrate you say he is a already gone and if he goes and celebrates with the fans that means he is saying goodbye. I believe it is positive.”
The Frenchman also spoke about Podolski’s signature, in Arsenal’s attempt to find another top striker who can score goals on a weekly basis alongside Robin.
“I was asked many times the question whether or not we relied too much on the goalscoring of Van Persie. He has scored 30 goals and we have tried to add somebody else who can score as well. Yes we plan to speak with him before the Euros.”
Robin himself admitted he would be starting talks with Arsenal soon, but he wouldn’t give any hint to the outcome at all. “We’ll see. We’ll have a chat and go from there.” he said.
It remains to be seen whether Robin will accept to continue with the Gunners, but at least now he can’t postpone the talks anymore the way he did until the end of the season. It’s time to take a decision Robin, So what’s it going to be?
So no indication from Wenger or Van Persie about the way the talks may go, and I can’t see anything in those quotes that give me hope of a positive outcome, can you?