Arsene Wenger says the thought of keeping Robin van Persie at Arsenal until the end of his career would be a ‘dream’.
Wenger recently declared:
‘My dream is that Van Persie stays until the end of his career at this club, I will do the maximum I can to try to convince him and I hope I will manage to do that.’
Van Persie has been in the form of his life in recent weeks and has now notched up 31 goals in 29 matches this year. This has now only been done 5 times before him, with Alan Shearer leading the way on 36 goals in a calendar year. Below Shearer is Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who scored 34 goals in 2004, followed by Les Ferdinand and Ruud Van Nistlerooy, who both scored 30 goals within 365 days. Would you bet against Van Persie breaking Shearers record of 36 goals??? I wouldn’t, especially with 10 games still to play this year.
It will not come to a surprise to anyone that Wenger is prepared to do all he can to keep RVP at Arsenal, and I know the players will also be wanting him to stay at the club as well. Theo Walcott was superb against Norwich on Saturday, and when he plays well he is amazing. The winger provided Van Persie with some great chances and eventually assisted the Dutchman at Carrow Road.
Is Van Persie currently the best striker in the Premier League? Without a doubt.
The Dutch forward is proving this week in week out at Arsenal, and Wenger is trying to protect him and rightly so. Having scored 6 goals in his last 3 league games, RVP has catapulted Arsenal back with a fighting chance to a top four finish and in doing so, given the team a new belief that we can go out there and win any game.
Looking back on things, the loss to Manchester United was perhaps the best thing that could have happened to us, as we have scored 32 goals in our last 22 games in all competitions since then.
It is absolutely vital to the club that Robin van Persie stays on form and, most importantly, stays at the club. I don’t care what we have to do to keep him, we need to do it because he has been an amazing servant to the club and we cannot, under any circumstances, let him leave. All the players and fans need to get behind the club and Wenger and the board must do everything they can to keep the Dutch master where he belongs.
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