Why I think Robin Van Persie will sign a new contract

Posted on July 10th, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Last week Robin Van Persie issued a statement regarding his decision upon why he would not renew his Arsenal contract, this led to a huge amount of speculation from the media about his future and which club he would move to .. but is it really that simple? I don't think so, and here's why ..

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Robin Van Persie has been at Arsenal since he joined from Feyenoord back in 2004, his career at Arsenal has been somewhat off and on, mainly due to unfortunate lengthy injuries.

This past season Robin has played 44 games, the largest amount in one season for any club during his professional career. His performances to score 37 goals and provide 15 assists to win the Permier League Golden Boot have proven to the world that he is one of the very best strikers around.

Somewhat unfortunately for Arsenal, this form has come whilst Robin has only 1 year left on his contact and is sure to have resulted in pretty much every top team keeping a tab on him and whether or not they could persuade him to move if he decides to leave Arsenal, be it this year or when/if his contract expires.

On the 4th July Robin issued a statement about his Arsenal future on his personal website (http://robinvanpersie.com/2012/07/04/update-for-the-fans/), the statement said that he would not be renewing his Arsenal contract due to disagreements upon the way Arsenal should move forward ... but how true are these words?

If you were to sum up the personal attitude of Robin Van Persie, would you include these terms?

  • Arrogant
  • Discourteous
  • Ruthless

I certainly wouldn't, but then why would he choose to word his statement to include lines such as: "I personally have had a great season" ?

IF the statement wasn't so much Robin Van Persie's idea but say his agents, then maybe their aim was to bring in offers for Robin from other clubs to boost the potential of any contract that would have to be offered to him by Arsenal? After all, at 28 (29 in a few weeks) this could be one of the final contracts he signs .. if such an action can add another £50,000 onto his contract then surely he's entitled to try that? We all saw another certain Premier League player use a similar tactic earlier in the year (cough Shrek).

The other way to look at the situation is that Robin wants to win trophies, he wants to be at a club that are competing at the very top and wants to see signings and players around him that reassure him he can do that. Is it possible the statement could be a message to the board to up their game, sign new players and really go for it this season? If that's the case then it adds pressure onto them to make serious signings to prevent losing the best players. If that was the reason then could you hate Robin for it?

It's well known that Robin is settled in London with his wife and young family, he get's on well with his team mates and even supported Arsenal throughout his youth, so would he really make such a decision on his future without even speaking to the club about a contract?

Interesting Quotes


"It's always important for me to get Mum's opinion of my performance after a match, the women in my life are very influential, even on the football pitch. My mother, wife and sisters are always honest and sometimes harsh in their criticism. I respect their opinions." -Robin Van Persie
"Arsenal is an unbelievable club. The player I am today is because of Arsenal." -Robin Van Persie
"What the hell would Robin do at the club? They already have Messi and it does not make sense to go." -Robin's Father on Barcelona
"It is impossible to go to another English team" -Robin's Father
"Arsenal love him and that's a great incentive to stay. Arsenal are a fantastic club, They have no debts and Robin is idolised there." -Robin's Mother
"Robin is captain of Arsenal and, as many people claim, the leader of the Arsenal team. Arsenal believed in Robin when he was young and when he was considered as a bit of a rebel. We don't want to upset things at home either. Our kids, Shaqueel and Dina, go to school here in London. And they are just as happy as we are." -Bouchra van Persie


In my opinion I don't think we know all of what's happening, for people to judge the situation on a few lines of a statement is not realistic. Sometimes in life there is a lot more behind the scenes to a situation than anyone can know and just because the media are reporting it's a done deal that Van Persie is leaving Arsenal, can you really believe them?

Robin never said he was leaving, the Arsenal board have said they are not looking to sell Robin and people also make mistakes in life .. so maybe we should just wait a while and see how things develop before looking too deeply and trying to guess the outcome.

.. but, I think Robin Van Persie's time at Arsenal is not over just yet.


Written by Dan

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