Former Gunner Patrick Vieira believes if Robin van Persie leaves Arsenal this summer then others will likely follow – an accurate and honest statement in my view.
With only a year left to run on his existing contract, Van Persie has yet to sign a new deal and is being tracked by several major clubs around Europe, including Barcelona, Real Madrid and newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City, where Vieira is now in charge of football development.
Should the Gunners fail to keep hold of the 28-year-old Dutch striker, Vieira has warned his former club and manager that the likes of Theo Walcott, who also has a year left to run on his current deal, and England midfielder Jack Wilshere will more than likely follow suit:
‘It is one of the things they should have closed a long time ago. It is difficult to understand.
‘It’s really difficult to find players of the quality of Van Persie with one year left all around the world. It is a big risk because they lost Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas last year.
‘If they lose Van Persie, it will be a drama. With Samir and Cesc, you can say, ‘OK, those two are gone but you know Jack Wilshere and Van Persie are still at the club’.
‘But if Robin leaves that means next year it may be Theo Walcott, next year’s going to be Wilshere.’
‘What is important for Robin is he wants to win trophies. Arsenal have to show him he can do it with Arsenal. The best way for them to get him to sign a contract is to bring players to the club who can show him the club are in the same line as him.’
I think Vieira is pretty much stating the obvious here, and adding more pressure on our club and the situation, which is not needed.
If RVP leaves then it will be a massive blow for Arsenal, but one I think we could recover from. Still, you want to keep your best players and the Dutchman is undoubtedly the man at Arsenal. Should he leave, I can certainly see Walcott follow, mind you I wouldn’t really care. In the case of Wilshere, the lad is Arsenal through and through, so he won’t be even thinking about departing the Emirates.
Listen, we’ve done remarkably well for ourselves this season, especially when you consider our poor start. We managed to finish one position higher than last season, as well as two points and two goals for, better offer, this without Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri! However, its high time that our club got back in the mix for trophies, none more so than the Premier League. And I believe if we keep RVP, as well as bring in some top notch players this summer, then we will be in with a chance of lifting some silverware next season.
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