Henry: Life goes on if RVP leaves

July 31, 2012

By ESPN staff

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says the club will overcome the departure of Robin van Persie if, as expected, the skipper leaves the Emirates after announcing earlier this summer that he would not sign a new contract.

Arsene Wenger  celebrates with Thierry Henry after he scored against Leeds United.
GettyImagesThierry Henry is an Arsenal legend

Netherlands international Van Persie, the North Londoners’ captain, has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus or either Manchester City or Manchester United.

He was the Premier League’s top scorer last season, but Henry - who spent eight years at Arsenal and returned on loan last season - said Arsene Wenger’s team could move on without him.

"We hope he stays," Henry, who now plays for New York Red Bulls, told Sky Sports News. "I don’t know exactly what is happening but, as an Arsenal fan, I want him to stay.

"He is still an Arsenal player, and the boss has to deal with it. I just want Arsenal to do well. Robin will do what he will do and we’ll see. When I left, everybody cried… but everyone comes and goes."

Henry said the Gunners would be boosted by the return of Jack Wilshere, who is set to make a comeback in October after completing his recovery from ankle and knee problems.

"You want Jack Wilshere around," he said. "He reminds me of when I first arrived when the old guard was there. He’s an Arsenal fan in the first place, and you need this type of player around in the dressing room.

"It’s not only that he’s an Arsenal fan, and not only an Englishman, but he’s a good player - it’s as simple as that. What a shame that he stopped a bit, because he was on his way."

Robin van Persie returns to Arsenal and an uncertain future
  • guardian.co.uk,Monday 16 July 2012 22.30 BST

• Van Persie undergoes medical on first day of training
• Arsenal displeased by striker’s refusal to extend contract

Arsenal's Robin van Persie
Arsenal have yet to decide whether to bring Robin van Persie on their pre-season tour of Asia. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Robin van Persie has had his first face-to-face encounter with Arsène Wenger since declaring that he would not sign a new contract at Arsenal when he reported as scheduled for the first day of his pre-season training.

The club captain, whose return had been delayed due to his participation at Euro 2012 with Holland, underwent his medical assessment and he and the manager sought to put a professional front on what has been a deep fissure in their relationship.

Van Persie shocked everyone at the club with his statement on 4 July, which was posted on his official website and effectively said he wanted to leave because he disagreed with Wenger and the board of directors “in many aspects … on the way Arsenal should move forward”.

Wenger had the greatest reason to feel let down, and not only because Van Persie’s statement weakened Arsenal’s negotiating position with clubs that covet him, chief among them Manchester City.

Wenger went to great lengths last season to protect Van Persie from questions about his future, which became an issue when he announced in September that he would not open new contract talks until the summer. Van Persie’s deal has 12 months to run.

One of the pressing issues concerns whether Van Persie will be on the Arsenal flight to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, for their pre-season tour of Asia, which also takes in Beijing and Hong Kong. Arsenal play City at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium on Friday week.

The touring situation mirrors those of Cesc Fábregas and Samir Nasri last summer, two players that wanted to leave Arsenal at the time. Fábregas, who would sign for Barcelona, did not tour Malaysia and China because of a muscular injury but Nasri did travel. On a tour that was notable for the volume of promotional appearances made by the players, Nasri did no PR work. He went on to sign for City.

Arsenal are preparing to take Van Persie with them, reasoning that, as with Nasri last time, he is a fully fit member of their squad. The situation will change only if he is injured in training or a potential transfer becomes significantly more likely.

City appear to be the only club with the means to pay a massive fee and salary for a player with a questionable fitness record who turns 29 next month but there remain obstacles even for them. Their ranks are bloated with expensively paid strikers and they must sell some of them before they can consider a move for Van Persie, which will not be easy.

Emmanuel Adebayor is poised to sign for Tottenham Hotspur but either Carlos Tevez or Edin Dzeko might have to go, too, along with Roque Santa Cruz. Uefa’s incoming financial fair play regulations are on the minds of the City board.

Arsenal want a quick resolution to the affair but City might reason that it is in their interests to bide their time. Wenger continues to hope that Van Persie can be persuaded to change his mind or that, if City cannot make the deal happen, the player will refocus for the coming season at Arsenal.

RVP at Arsenal
  • 2004-05: 41 games, 10 goals
  • 2005-06: 38 games, 11 goals
  • 2006-07: 31 games, 13 goals
  • 2007-08: 23 games, 9 goals
  • 2008-09: 44 games, 20 goals
  • 2009-10: 20 games, 10 goals
  • 2010-11: 33 games, 22 goals
  • 2011-12: 48 games, 37 goals

SOURCE: bbc.co.uk

Mario Balotelli: “Will Robin move up to us? I would love to play with him.”
RVP Not Signing A New Contract, Releases Statement Via Website

This is the statement he released via his official website:

"This is an update for the fans about my current situation. I have kept quiet all this time out of respect and loyalty for the club and as agreed with Mr Gazidis and Mr Wenger, but since there is so much speculation in the media, I think it is fair for you guys to know what’s really going on at the moment.

"As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the boss and Mr Gazidis after the season. This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.

"I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days."

He continued: “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. You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions.

"I love the club and the fans, no matter what happens. I have grown up and became a man during my time with Arsenal FC," he added.

"Everybody at the club and the fans have always supported me over the years and I have always given my all (and more) on and off the pitch. I am very proud of being part of this fantastic club for the last eight years.

"As soon as Mr Gazidis is back from his 2-week holiday in America further meetings will follow and I will update you if and when there are more developments."

Van Persie scored 37 goals in 48 appearances for Arsenal last season. We here at laviva wish him the best.

I guess it’s safe to say, he leaves when he wants! :) Thank you for the memories at Arsenal, RVP & all the best with your future.

‘We are not remotely interested in selling Van Persie’ - Arsenal chairman Hill-Wood

3 Jul 2012 09:13:00

By Miles Chambers

The Gunners chief dismissed any possibility of the club cashing in with one year left on the striker’s contact, and insists no offer from Man City or anyone else has been made.

EPL-Arsenal v Norwich City, Robin van Persie
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Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has rejected any possibility of the club selling star striker Robin van Persie.

Manchester City are reported to be heavily interested in the Dutch forward, who has only one year left on his Gunners contract.

However, the Emirates Stadium chairman has revealed that there has been no offers tabled for the Premier League’s top goalscorer, nor would the club be interested in entertaining any bids.

“As far as I am aware nobody has made any offer for him and he is away so we are not in any dialogue at all,” Hill-Wood told reporters.

“We’re not in the remotest bit interested in selling him.”

Reports suggest the 28-year-old Van Persie, who endured a disappointing Euro 2012 with Netherlands, is stalling on a £130,000-per-week deal.

Real Madrid and Barcelona have also been linked with the Arsenal man, but City are reportedly leading the queue for his signature, having already made contact with agent Kees Vos.

Manager Arsene Wenger also seemed to rule Van Persie out of a possible move to Juventus after denouncing the “low-level” nature of Italian football in comparison to the Premier League.

Hill-Wood’s previous admission that Arsenal wouldn’t break the bank to keep Van Persie in north London appeared to fuel yet more speculation, but the English champions’ are also pursuing a similar stance.

SOURCE: goal.com

RVP admits Juve are a ‘great team’

June 4, 2012

By ESPN staff

Arsenal forward Robin van Persie has admitted that Juventus are a “great team”, although he has refused to discuss his long-term future.

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EmpicsRobin van Persie: 12 months left on contract

Van Persie is currently preparing for the European Championship with Netherlands - who defeated Northern Ireland 6-0 in a friendly on Saturday - but speculation continues about his club future, with his contract at the Gunners set to expire in 12 months.

Clubs including Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus have been linked with a move for the 28-year-old but Van Persie is remaining quiet on his plans - although he did admit that Juventus, the Italian champions, are an attractive option.

"My future? I have agreed with Arsenal not to discuss it," Van Persie said, according to the Sun. “I can only talk of my intention to play in the Euros and win it and then continue to win in the Champions League.

"Juventus? They are a great team, for sure."