After a record-breaking campaign that resulted in an automatic Champions League berth for Arsenal, it was inevitable that some transfer rumors would arise involving Robin van Persie.
Naturally, the English papers started to strike up some rumors. In May, The Mirror claimed that Manchester City were going to sell Eden Dzeko to make room for van Persie. There were also rumors from ESPN Soccernet that van Persie had a bid from Juventus that was rejected.
Today, we got our biggest news in months involving van Persie's contract situation. On his personal website, van Persie said that he met with Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis. Unfortunately for Gunners fans, van Persie stated, "It has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward."
The announcement from van Persie has caused outcry and even more speculation over where the disgruntled striker will land. According to various news outlets, Manchester City and Juventus are the favorites to land the Dutchman.
Over the next several days, there will be numerous articles and rumors that will link van Persie to different clubs. For Arsenal fans, those rumors will have no merit, for they should expect van Persie to remain at the Emirates through this summer.
Throughout the past several days, Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has come out claiming that van Persie will stay with the club.
According to The Independent, Hill-Wood claimed, "As far as I am aware, nobody has made any offer for him and he is away so we are not in any dialogue at all." An article released by The Mirror yesterday stated that Hill-Wood is not remotely interested in selling the striker.
By coming out with this statement, van Persie may be using this plot as an effort to get Arsenal more involved in buying star players. Arsenal is notorious for their development methods, which have worked wonders. But the Gunners are usually not involved in making high-profile transactions.
Judging from his aforementioned comment on how he differs on the way that Arsenal should move forward, that thought could be a reality.
But perhaps the easiest reason to realize that van Persie won't leave comes from the exact message that he left on his website. In that message, van Persie discussed how he grew up at Arsenal and how he is proud to have been a part of the club for the last eight years.
At the end of the message, van Persie leaves us speculating over his future by stating, "As soon as Mr. Gazidis is back from his two-week holiday in America further meetings will follow and I will update you if and when there are more developments."
Following the Dutch disappointment in Ukraine during Euro 2012, van Persie is on a holiday, and reports stated that he was going to communicate with Wenger via telephone over the contract situation.
Let's also not forget that Gazidis is currently on his own vacation, which van Persie said will end in two weeks. It is highly unlikely that any news will emerge in the coming two weeks concerning van Persie considering that contract negotiations will not restart until the middle of July.
To say that van Persie is now guaranteed to leave is an error. There is much still left to unravel in this case considering that a poor line of communication was used to start negotiations.
Considering the length of time he has spent at Arsenal and the promise that Arsenal exhibited during the second half of last season, van Persie will find it hard to leave a club that appears ready to finally win silverware.
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