Posted on Wednesday, 1st August 2012 by Tony Merakli
Van Persie is entering the last year of his contract and admitted last month that he will not be signing a new deal.
As a result, Manchester City, United and Juventus have all registered their interest in the 28-year-old, but no club have yet met Arsenal’s valuation for the striker.
But Henry, who left Arsenal in 2007 for Barcelona, insists life will go on if Van Persie leaves this summer and that the club can challenge for silverware.
The legendary Frenchman told SkySports.com:
‘We hope it stays, and that’s the way it is.
‘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.’
When asked what he thought about Van Persie’s declaration not to sign a new contract, Henry replied:
‘I’ve got nothing to say about that, you will not get me to be one of the guys talking about the club and the player.
‘I just want Arsenal to do well. Robin will do what he will do and we’ll see.
‘When I left, everybody cried, but then the year after they went on a run of being eight points ahead. Everyone comes and goes.’
Henry could not be more right, even if he tried. The club will move on, with or without Van Persie.
Personally, I’d rather he left after releasing his personal statement to us. It would just be best for everyone involved in my view.
For me, Henry was the greatest ever and his departure was really, really hard to take. But we survived and we’ll continue to do so even if Van Persie departs.
No player is bigger than the club, not even RVP!
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