With Juventus suggesting today that Arsenal’s price for van Persie is too high, reports coming out of Arsenal’s training camp yesterday that they would be happy to keep him until January and Roberto Mancini complaining that Brian Marwood is making no headway with the situation Arsenal fans could feasibly expect to face a season in which their captain plays at least some part. But does he deserve to stay?

Many viewed his performances at the European Championships as indicative that he was unable to deal with a high pressure, an unreasonable statement. The Dutch striker had to deal with the pressure of being Arsenal’s only goal scoring striker all last season, and he managed fine.

However, it is hard to deny that Arsenal’s captain was far from his best on international duty. His ineffectual play was undoubtedly a consequence of both his fatigue from a gruelling season as well as the poor performances of his national team-mates. He shouldn’t be judged on that ill-fated week, though.

The forthcoming season, no matter where he is, will not bring the same form as last year. How could it? Even with his extra break, van Persie has played as much football in the last 18 months as he has in three years before that. He’s unused to having to perform to such high standards on such a consistent basis.

And that’s really the point. Apart from last year, van Persie hasn’t started more than 20 games per season for eight years.

During this time the club has happily paid his wages, secured him the best medical treatment money could buy and nurtured him and supported him emotionally – as did the fans and the manager.

So, did Arsenal deserve to be treated like this by a player they have looked after so well? No, but it happens. Arsenal fans don’t have to like it, and they don’t have to show van Persie support either. There’s a difference between being ungrateful and no longer showing your support and appreciation.

Arsenal fans are grateful to Robin for his efforts and his goals last season, but they just won’t support his spoilt, ungrateful attitude towards them.

If you’d asked any fans two months ago whether they wanted van Persie to stay they would have all been in agreement that they did. Now? You’d be hard pressed to find fans that feel he deserves another chance.

Wenger might still be saying that it is imperative we keep the 28 year old, but how can Arsenal accept him back in to the fold at this stage?

He has insulted the club and its hierarchy by saying that they don’t know how to take the club forward and he has insulted and patronised the fans by pretending that carefully worded statement on his website was for their benefit rather than for his.

I don’t know whose idea that statement was but as soon as he released it, many fans who wouldn’t have begrudged him the possibility of moving on to win trophies, suddenly felt let down and angry.

Some players deserve respect even when they move on; it seems now that van Persie might not deserve respect even if he stays.

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  • davi
    2 years ago

    Despite his childish statement, he is at least acting professionally in training, by all accounts, so who knows. IMO if we sign Cazorla or someone similar (this being a clear sign of ambition), he should humbly accept any contract Arsenal are prepared to give him and apologize to the club and fans.

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    • kashahu
      2 years ago

      sure,that’s it!!

      Reply
  • Pablo
    2 years ago

    I really dont want this arrogant little shite at our wonderful football club any more and whatever respect and wellwishes I had for the man have completely gone. He’s the lowest of the low bar Nasri.

    Reply
  • Marcel
    2 years ago

    Take the captains arms band away from him first and give it to Verminator, then we can decide whether yo support him or not. Arsenal is bigger than just a player who doesn’t show appreciation.

    Reply
  • Marcel
    2 years ago

    Take the captains arms band away from him first and give it to Verminator, then we can decide whether to support him or not. Arsenal is bigger than just a player who doesn’t show appreciation.

    Reply
  • RVP
    2 years ago

    I dont want to stay anymore, so dont support me!

    Reply
  • yihenew
    2 years ago

    RVP will not respected by arsenal fans like before! no more !

    Reply
  • Victor kay
    2 years ago

    Come on, Don’t be too harsh. We have an adage that when you spank a child, you then cuddle him and say ” don’t do that again. I think Davi has captured it well. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and see if he will come around.

    Reply
  • Horley
    2 years ago

    We should learn hw to forgive and forget rvp still remain our main man up gunners………….

    Reply
  • Chipo-mizinga
    2 years ago

    He is a shame to the club a bad leader with his ageing days no 1 z gona get him he shud join de reserve team His words ll be stinkin in the dresing room we nid unity dis season to win trophies Captaincy Verminator pliz le boss

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    • guy
      2 years ago

      So RVP should join the reserve team huh, he never insulted any of the other players in his statement and as far as last season goes, besides arteta he was the only one to be doing his job on the pitch, the so called “Verminator” that you’re giving such praises to has made more than a few defensive blunders that gave away crucial goals last season and it was shown that he tends to be quite petulant when things are not going his way instead of trying to adapt, how ever on the subject that RVP should be in reserves i say go ahead, that’ll probably make deluded people like you very happy, people that think because we went out and signed Giroud and Podolski that we have a way better chance than we did last season, however i guarantee that the defensive frailties still remain and it’ll take way more that unity for this side too win a trophy.

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  • Goona
    2 years ago

    Good article this one. After the way our captain insulted our club recently, and his reported interest in joining Man Utd, yes folks our loyal captain makes Nasri appear like an angel

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