Arsenal’s chances of holding on to their talismanic captain and lead striker, Robin van Persie, appear to be getting bleaker by the day according to reports that claim that the Dutchman has made up his mind to leave the Gunners this summer. Van Persie has been a constant source of tabloid fodder over the last few months due to his contract situation and there are suggestions that the player might not sign an extension with the Gunners. Manchester City and Juventus have been monitoring the situation closely, with both clubs prepared to make a multi-million bid for the 28 year old.
Arsene Wenger has stood firm during the contract battle, even appearing confident about the striker staying at the Emirates beyond the summer. But with pre-season set to begin next week, Van Persie’s contract stand-off is nowhere near a resolution. Arsenal will not buckle under pressure and hand Van Persie an astronomical wage package, something City are more than willing to do.
The report also suggests that the striker had in fact made his decision as early as March about leaving the North-London outfit for the vast riches in the Eastlands. Wenger has appeased most fans by adding quality players in the transfer market but that would be negated if the club lose their best player to the defending champions.