Posted on Sunday, 24th June 2012 by Tony Merakli
Of course one poor tournament doesn’t make you a bad player, but I think many Arsenal fans out there will be pleased to have seen Robin fall from grace in Poland and Ukraine this summer, simply because of the strong interest that’s been shown in him following a superb season for Arsenal.
As we all know the 28-year-old striker only has one year left to run on his contract and if he managed to replicate his form last season into this summers Euros then undoubtedly the likes of Manchester City, Juventus and Anzhi would have been knocking at Arsenal’s door immediately after the conclusion of the competition.
However, he failed to step up to the plate and only managed to score one goal in three games for Holland.
His displays for his national side this summer were no where near those of his Arsenal ones last season, and this could potentially be a blessing in disguise for our club.
Interested clubs would’ve been watching RVP closely and due to his uninspiring performances, a few of them may now take a step back and rethink about whether to make a move for the Dutchman.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he’s blown his chance of sealing a move away from Arsenal next season, his form last season for our club was simply unbelievable, and as stated before – one poor tournament doesn’t define you as a player. But there is a chance that Van Persie’s uneventful performances in Poland and Ukraine this summer could see him stay at The Emirates for the long-term.
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