“We haven’t set a date but I will have a meeting with the boss like we did before now. We will be having a meeting about my future and lots of other things.” This statement from the free scoring Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie came during an acceptance speech for the Football writers’ player of the year award.
Van Persie was effusive in his praise of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, stating that “Arsenal is an unbelievable club. The player I am today is because of Arsenal. When I actually signed the deal to join Arsenal, it was a dream come true…..whatever happens with me, I will always be a Gunner.”
Right now the whole Arsenal team will be focused on the next two games against Norwich and West Bromwich Albion. If the Gunners win these two games they are assured of third spot in the premiership and, therefore, Champion’s league football next season. Arsene has claimed that he expects Chelsea to claim the fourth position in next year’s European competition, so third place is a must.
Not only does the Champion’s league generate millions of pounds in revenue, it makes the club more appealing to the top players in the world. Holding onto Van Persie and signing some genuine quality for next year’s campaign could hinge on the next two games. Norwich at home should be no problem as they have nothing to play for. The problem with the final away game at West Brom is Roy Hodgson’s last before becoming England manager.
It certainly seems that Third Place is the absolute minimum that RVP wants before committing to an extension. But it still seems that everything is up in the air now.
Come on you Gunners!