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van Persie Played Only 60.3% Of Games In 8 Years

van Persie Played Only 60.3% Of Games In 8 Years

As the fallout of Robin van Persie`s statement of intent to decline to sign a new contract for The Gunners (meaning it`s likely he will leave) continues, there are people with the opinion that Arsenal fans are being a little unreasonable with their reactions.

Of course some fans take it a little too far on occasion, however the majority of Gooners are well within their rights to feel a little disgruntled.

The timing and wording of Robin`s statement is one of the reasons Arsenal fans aren`t best please. It appears to be a thinly veiled attempt at forcing Arsene`s hand into allowing the Dutchman a move away from the club. Not cool.

My personal opinion is that I don`t believe van Persie should be castrated simply for wanting to leave the club, things haven`t gone well for us in recent years, yes we`ve qualified for the Champions League for a gazzilion years running, but one Carling Cup final aside, we haven`t really looked like winning a trophy. van Persie is a winner and wants to win silverware, you can`t blame him for that.

However surely it`s not too much to ask for a little bit of respect and loyalty is it?

I`ve seen many rival fans commenting on the situation and a common sentiment expressed is that Robin "doesn`t owe Arsenal anything".

Doesn`t he?

Being a professional footballer is a privilege, it doesn`t just take talent and hard work to become a professional footballer living the life of luxury, it takes the loyalty of the fans of the individual clubs. Without that loyalty, football would cease to be as a multi-billion pound spectacle. It`s not just about the player and what the player wants.

Or at least it shouldn`t be.

The biggest complaint about this whole sordid affair is that van Persie`s statement claimed that his goal had been to "win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days", yet his attempt to bring the glory days back to Arsenal is to leave after what appears to be the first time he`s managed to play more than 45 games in one season for the club in his Arsenal career.

Arsene Wenger has shown tremendous loyalty to van Perise throughout his career. Through the false rape charge to his constant injuries, and what does he get in return? Very little.

Robin van Persie is a world class player, of that there is no doubt, but the fact is that in only three of his 8 seasons at Arsenal has he managed to crack the 20 goal per season barrier (20, 22 and an impressive 37 last season).

In the 8 years van Persie has played for Arsenal, he`s only managed to feature in 60.3% of the competitive games for the club. 462 games played by Arsenal whilst the Dutchman only took to the field 279 times.

True, some of those games were in the Carling Cup of which van Persie might not have played, but that number of games is negligible to say the least.

Of course van Persie didn`t want to be injured and would have preferred to be on the pitch, but that doesn`t help the club when we can`t count on him for half the time, then the one season he manages to stay injury free and scores a lot of goals he rewards himself with a transfer to another club (probably).

It would have been easy for Arsene Wenger to have got rid of van Persie years ago, but he stood by him, the fans stood by him and sung his name. With his injury record it would have been very unlikely any of the top teams would have taken him, indeed even though we knew he was a great player he wasn`t much sought after .

Arsene helped shape the career of van Persie and got little in the way of thanks.

That hurts.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday July 5 2012
Time: 12:38PM


Sounds like another Modric to me..
05/07/2012 12:47:00
I'm disappointed. He has kicked us all in the teeth and for what? When we were top of the league in Feb and Eduardo got his ankle snapped in two, where was RVP then? Crocked, just like every season before and after that. If he had come out and said its time for me to go, fine. But he has just cost Arsenal upwards of 10 million and made us the laughing stock of the prem and our rivals. Expect Walcott to walk too now. I hope Wenger takes this very, VERY personally and moves to prove them all wrong. RVP is dead to me.
05/07/2012 13:08:00
Arsenal Developmental Football Club
05/07/2012 13:14:00
All you do is buy cheap, develop then sell expensive your Economics Graduate Manager
05/07/2012 13:15:00
Wow! Could this be important to you or just another bit of a politicking spat?

I know its off topic, but I thought you guys might be interested. BTW, ignore the little Chavski tw@, he's a bit simple & not very subtle.

05/07/2012 13:48:00
He hasn't kicked us in the teeth. He signed a contract until the end of next season. He'll have to honour it unless we reach an agreement to end it early. There's no obligation on his part to stay longer or for us to keep him unless it's in the interests of both sides. It's the nature of the game. Just move on. There will always been another star to agonise over.
05/07/2012 14:39:00
Thank you Rocky, thank you. I was incredibly annoyed with some of the posts on the other threat yesterday from gooners who can't grasp what RVP has done. Long before Cesc & Nasri left I accepted the painful fact that the big trophies were beyond us for the forseeable future and that we would start losing our big players. It hurt, I whined, but not once did I object to the fact that some of our players felt they couldn't win trophies with us. Not to mention that we couldn't pay them what richer clubs could offer them. The simple basic fact of modern European football is that only the clubs with the highest wages win trophies-FACT. We can't get around that. Montpelier's league win last season is an extremely rare occurrence & might not happen ever again now that rich sugar daddies have started swarming over Ligue 1. In England no club with inferior wages to MUFC, CFC, MCFC will win the league or the CL for quite a long time--unless they too get bought up by another rich zillionnaire. Doesn't matter who their manager is or what players they sign--if they can't pay those extravagant wages, THEY WON'T WIN THE BIG TROPHIES. Those 3 clubs have the big trophies locked up solid for a long time. Had RVP simply stated he would not renew his contract and expressed his gratitude to the club and left it at that--certainly the news would've made me upset, hurt, frustrated. But not angry. Go to the latest gunnerblog entry in which RVP's "classless exit strategy" is discussed: . You should also read Jeremy Wilson's piece from yesterday's Telegraph. Some gooners don't get what's going on. A few days ago both AW & Hill-Wood were quoted in the press saying RVP was not for sale & that AFC wanted to keep him "at all costs." Which means the media silence was broken. It appeared that AFC was planning on keeping him to his last year and not sell him now. So RVP came out with that statement yesterday without informing the club it was going to happen or what its contents would be. His comments were clearly designed to force a move NOW and by their very nature he has now made it impossible for the club to get a decent price for him. He has made it impossible for us to keep him to the final year of his contract. He openly & publicly criticized the club's "direction," hurting the club's image further & providing another avalanche of media disparagement of our club. He has helped to further damage our club's ability to sign top class players, and he has hurt the club's image in the eyes of our other remaining players. So yet again we are a laughingstock and our players have to deal with that. Wanting to leave is not his crime. Leaving in a way that treats AFC with disrespect this way is. Nasri's departure was far more respectful. Apparently AW & officials at AFC were shocked & angry at RVP's statement, totally unprepared for it and feel he's being badly advised.
05/07/2012 14:42:00
Why Van Persie's ill-judged statement will taint his Arsenal legacy forever:
05/07/2012 14:48:00
BTW, to all those idiots who say AFC need to "spend big" - the club has spent £90m in fees & wages in the last 12 months.
05/07/2012 15:06:00
Who knows what the politics of the situation are really? In all honesty jaelle if a really big money offer had been made for RvP Arsenal would have taken it by now whether RvP had said something or not. Maybe AFC breaking the media silence was designed to do just what it did and effectively put him on the market without formally doing so. However it is still possible to keep him to his last year of contract. Depending on what offers are made it might even be sensible to do so. Whatever is best financially they don't have to sell him which is a strength of the self sustaining model. I'm not sure that the club needs to be considered as victims here.
05/07/2012 15:08:00
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