Date:Friday August 10 2012
Alex Ferguson claims he doesn`t understand why Arsenal are acting the way they are in regards to a certain Dutch striker.
Arsene Wenger is obviously reluctant to let one of his prize assets go to a team that can be considered not only one of our rivals, but probably the most loathed rival in Arsene`s tenure. It`s true that the relationship between Wenger and Ol` Purple Nose has mellowed somewhat in recent years (most likely due to Arsenal`s lack of a challenge to Manchester United) but you just know that Ferguson is the last person the Frenchman would want to sell to.
There`s little doubt that Arsene and his friends will be working hard behind the scenes to try and off load van Persie to the least objectionable team, however as time ticks on it`s clear that there are only two teams genuinely capable of signing Robin, especially as the Juventus coach, Antonio Conte has just been banned from football for his role in the latest Italian match fixing scandal.
Manchester`s United and City are the only shirt van Persie could feasibly be wearing in the new season.
Much has been made in blogosphere for the need to resolve this situation as quickly as possible, however I`m not so sure.
Assuming that we have money in the bank for Arsene to bring in his other targets (should he have any), and assuming that £25M+ is just too much money for Arsenal to dismiss in order to deny a rival painfully acquiring one of our favourite sons, then Mr Wenger has a duty to make it as difficult as possible for the potential suitors to get their man.
If last summer taught us anything it`s that waiting till the last minute of the transfer window to bring in new players is far from ideal, indeed it can be quite detrimental.
A quick resolution to the situation is not vital especially if our manager has been planning all along for life without van Persie, and considering our summer signings so far, that`s clearly the case.
The longer we deny van Persie a move to Manchester the less time he`ll have to bed in with his new team. That`s not to mention making United and City sweat for their man and we could potentially add a few more million to the deal by playing hard ball.
I, like many Arsenal fans, have expressed the sentiment that I`d love to see Arsenal hold van Persie to the final 12 months of his contract, it would be a clear statement of intent that we won`t be bullied by "player power" and that we will not continue to sell players to our rivals. But however satisfying this stance would be, it will only delay the inevitable and he`ll go there for free next season (albeit one year older).
It would make economical and footballing sense to take the money. We`d be £25Million richer (the price of Podolski and Cazorla) and United or City (not that it would matter too much to City) would have £25Million less to strengthen their squad in the next transfer window.
It would seem to be quite petty to conduct our business in this way, but when the league deals in such fine margins then it`s important to take advantage wherever you can, no matter how big or small.
If Arsene knows that he`s going to sell van Persie, then we don`t need to do anything for the next 3 weeks, just sit on our hands, ignore the fax machines and switch off our mobile phones, and then open the auction the day before the transfer window closes.
True, the plan could backfire, but if RvP ends up stuck at Arsenal for another 12 months featuring only in Carling Cup matches ….. well, that would just be a bonus.
Date:Friday August 10 2012
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