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Why Wenger Is Right To Make Manchester Wait

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.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 10 2012

Time: 11:12AM

Your Comments

How hard will it be to see RvP joining Manure, scoring 20-30 goals and winning the title?
Gooner_Vin
Something isnt right about RVP to United. I don't know what it is but Fergie never discusses transfers so openly. So what has changed?? Whatever. Take their money. I just know RVP will be crocked next season and then lets see how much patience and faith United show him. Sick to death of all this.
Trennon
Only two possibilities now - RvP is forced to see out his contract or he goes to United. Prefer the former subject to how tight the money really is. In case of the latter like Rocky said, it makes sense to wait till the end of the window.
Deltaforce
I hope we keep them waiting for forever to be honest! The thought of him in a Manure shirt is awful! Give him another 24 hours, if he doesn't sign a contract extension then it's time to get Frimpong involved!
flv
Lol, flv. RvP Frimponged won't be a new experience for most gunners, I'd say.
Naijagunner
I like Wenger's silent treatment of ol' red nose, to be honest. For me, selling to United is not even an option. The club will survive without the money.
Naijagunner
Yeah, sick and tired of all of this. The best scenario is to sell him for 25m (on the very last day of the transfer window as Rocky suggests) and then seeing RvP return to type by getting a long term injury. Now THAT would be funny.
Sir Henry
I'm not necessarily sure we'd see RVP on the treatment table at Utd as often as we have at the Emirates. Red Nose has no qualms about throwing on a 80% fit player whereas Wenger is much more fastidious. For me it would be torture watching Robin banging in 30 goals (which we know he is easily capable of) for the mancs, knowing we could have kept him around for another season while Poldi and Giroud bed in.
Wyn Mills
I don't expect RvP to get injured as often anymore. He seems to have gotten over that aspect of his physical conditioning that was lacking, otherwise, he was a sure bet to return from the Euros crocked. Maybe, it is the Horse placenta thingy.....
Naijagunner
Between him, Rooney and Kagawa, there could be about 60 goals and that is what we shouldn't be helping United (or Rooney, for that matter) do.
Naijagunner
it seems like we are not too interested in renewing walcott's contract. any news on that?
Joe_@**
Sickening that RVP would so disrespect the club and manager that made him that he'd go to United - he knows the history of the two clubs. He knows what it means. Just a disgusting, staggering betrayal.
jaelle
Such a shame that he has thrown away his Arsenal immortalty. Once he hangs up his boots he will look back at this chapter and wish he cold re write it, regardless of how many medals or how much money he makes.
gunnerman76
I still dont think he is going anywhere, but thank God it made Wenger and the board sit up and do their business early. We have a good chance this year.
phreddy
I deeply dislike the idea of RvP going to ManU, but that seems his only realistic destination at the moment. I don't begrudge RvP his move, but NOT to one of the Manchester clubs (more so ManU). It doesn't make sense for him to stay. I don't think this will end in the ideal manner for Arsenal. If ManU is the only club who bid for him and who RvP is interested to go to, I don't see any other outcome, than him joining ManU on 31st.
prits
 

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