Date: 27th February 2012 at 6:10pm
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Reports over the last few days have suggested that Arsenal may be prepared to do the unthinkable and actually break the wage structure at the club in order to keep and attain top players. As some of you maybe aware the current wage limit at Arsenal is £100,000-a-week, and the way that we have operated so far is by offering players a large signing on bonus to bulk up the basic salary.

The latest deal that is being reported is for none other than Dutch hitman Robin van Persie. The proposed deal would consist of a £130,000-a-week basic salary as well as a further £5 million signing on fee. A lot of questions pop up when players are offered these huge wages that have done very little for their respective clubs. However, when we have a player like Van Persie, who has been absolutely sensational for Arsenal FC, a deal like this is surely worth offering. I genuinely think the 28-year-old deserves this proposed contract and the club should do everything within their power to keep him at The Emirates.

A lot has been reported about RVP signing a new contract at Arsenal, with fans eager for him to sign as soon as possible. However, it simply will not happen until the end of the season, as the man himself explained:

‘There have been a lot of stories, generally contradictory ones, about my contract situation recently so I’d like to make it clear.

‘There’s nothing complicated or sinister – the club and I have both agreed to speak at the end of the season and see how things stand. The boss, Ivan Gazidis and I are all comfortable with it.’

Now many doomsayers will simply say that he wants to see where Arsenal finish at the end of the season, but I don’t think this is entirely accurate. The pressure on him to sign a new contract must be huge. For all parties to sit down and agree a new long-term deal at the end of the season must be a huge weight off his shoulders, as the lethal striker wants to focus on his football at this stage of the season:

‘I need all my focus to be on football – on captaining this team, improving every day, doing extra work on the training pitch and preparing for the very busy schedule of fixtures we have.

‘If I look down the list, there’s not much time to sit down and think about anything else! For me, this is a time to play football and not speak about personal things. All of my energy needs to go on getting this team where we want it to be this season.’

Our next game is against the Carling Cup winners Liverpool, and beating Tottenham will mean nothing if we don’t continue to win these big games.

We also have the small matter of AC Milan a few days after this fixture, followed by Newcastle, so it’s not going to be an easy couple of weeks by any means.

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