Arsenal Chairman Peter Hill-Wood has declared that his club are sick and tired of being bullied into selling their top players, and to show the club’s intentions of challenging for top honours this season are prepared to take a tough stance on the sale of wantaway striker Robin van Persie according to reports in the Daily Star.
After losing their best players on a continuous basis over the last few seasons, the Arsenal boss appears to be fed up with the incessant demand for youngsters who have been groomed by the Gunners, but tend to leave just when they hit their prime, and is keen on making an example of Van Persie.
The newspaper suggests that Arsenal are going to reject any offers that do not match their £30 million asking price for RVP, and will hold onto the player till the January transfer window in the hope that they are high enough in the League to convince the Dutchman to reconsider his decision to leave.
Hill-Wood said, “He is a world-class player and we don’t want to give him away. If he is determined to leave that is up to him, but giving him away is not on our agenda. To be honest I do not understand him at all. I understood Cesc Fabregas wanting to go home to Barcelona last summer. I had sympathy with that. But I thought Robin was happy at Arsenal, especially after the season he had with us.”