When I found this quote from Arsene Wenger I was a little unsure to whether the Arsenal boss was simply preparing the fans for the loss of Van Persie at the end of the season, or if he really believed that Arsenal could win the Premiership and have the Dutchman sign a new contract at the same time.
Now that Arsenal have lost to Fulham and are now four defeats worse off than the two Manchester clubs I am certain it is the former, and Van Persie is now practically certain to move on to pastures new in the summer.
Wenger was simply asked what Arsenal needed to do to keep Van Persie at the club next season, and he replied: “Continue to improve and be capable to fight for the top of the league. Robin is an ambitious player and when you have his quality of course you want him to do that.
“If you look at the run of all of the teams from games five to 19 we are not behind anybody so, if we can continue to improve and get our injured players back, we might have a strong enough squad.”
As Man City and Man Utd have lost just four games between them in the first half of the season, and Arsenal have lost SIX, then the Gunners now have to remain unbeaten for the rest of the term, while the two Manchester teams need to lose four games EACH just to give the Gunners a fighting chance of finishing above either of them.
Hands up anyone who thinks that is likely to happen?