Robin van Persie apparently not travelling with the team to Asia
It’s a gloomy afternoon in Britain. The rain is pouring down, the sky is grey, and I can just about say no-one is happy. This, allegedly includes van Persie as we all know. And today, on the gloomiest of days, news was revealed by the BBC that van Persie will remain in England whilst the rest of the squad travels to Asia.
Now, if you’re to believe the BBC – and quite often, they are believable – Robin van Persie will instead work on his fitness back at Colney – our training base. Of course, as with any other news associated with Arsenal, this has split the fan base in two. There are people who believe this is the right way forward, and there are those who think this is the wrong thing to do.
On the people who believe it is the right thing to do, they believe that this means the whole saga stays away from the footballing side of things in the meantime and potentially, we could see Robin’s transfer made quickly and effectively behind the scenes.
On the people who believe it is the wrong thing to do, they believe that this means it proves any player can call the shots over Arsenal. That any player can basically shout the odds and get what they want.
Which side am I on? I think leaving him here was the right thing to do. It’s best not to let this drag on. I’m guessing that what’s going on behind the scenes, is Arsenal are negotiating the sale of Robin. And that’s the right thing to do. We don’t want what happened last year with Cesc and Nasri to happen again, we want a sale to be made quickly and for our club to move on.
According to rumours, Arsenal also dismissed three offers from Manchester United, Manchester City, and Juventus respectively. So, something is certainly going on behind the scenes, it looks like a sale is imminent.
However, if a sale is not going to happen, this is obviously the wrong thing to do. If Robin is going to put in 100% when playing for the club, they should take him to Asia and allow him to play.
But, in general, I think we’ve learnt lessons. I’m sure a sale agreement will be reached and I’m sure Robin won’t be playing for our club next season. But let’s see what happens in the next month and a half.
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