Arsene Wenger revealed today exactly how confident he was that Robin Van Persie will be staying at Arsenal next season, although one option seemed to be forcing him to play out the last year of his contract if he didn’t re-sign, but whichever way it went, Wenger was convinced that it would be sorted out before the Euro2012 tournament.
But tonight it isn’t quite so clear-cut, and the BBC is headlining with the fact that Robin is now intending to wait until after the big international competition before even starting the talks with Arsenal.
Okay so here are the reasons given for this delay. Arsenal are not yet guaranteed Champions League football next season, and with it being so close it is possible that Arsenal will not know the final finishing positions until after the last game of the season, which is on May 13th against West Brom.
And even then, if Arsenal finish Fourth, then Van Persie will still have to wait until the 19th of May, when Chelsea play the Champions League Final against Bayern Munich.
But the straw that is going to break the camels back, is that Robin himself is set to meet up with his Holland team-mates for a pre-Euro 2012 training camp on the 17th of May (in Switzerland).
The BBC also add, worryingly, that the extra time will give RVP time to assess how Arsenal are doing in their transfer dealings – and that may be the clincher…..
How long does it take for Van Persie and Wenger to have a cup of coffee and a chat????