The idea that Arsenal would sell Robin van Persie sounds ludicrous. After all, if it weren’t for RVP, Arsenal would be battling it out in mid-table mediocrity. However, Arsene Wenger has a penchant for talking some shocking decisions, like allowing legends like Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit and Marc Overmars to leave the club when they reached the right age.
Arsene’s age fixation cost them French center-back William Gallas in recent times, and while Gallas was hardly the post popular Frenchman in the Gunners’ squad, the last thing anyone wanted to see was him running around White Hart Lane adding defensive stability to an otherwise ordinary Spurs backline.
The fact is that Robin van Persie will be 29 in August this year. The player will want to sign a 4-year contract. Players always do, but as Wenger once said about his “over-30s rule”: “It’s not over 30, it’s over 32. So when you have a player [who is] 32 he will just get a one-year contract. It depends on the positions as well.
“If a central defender, then no problem to sign them until 34. But a striker is different. After 32 you go from year to year. A midfielder as well, after 32 you go from year-to-year.”.
So Wenger will probably at best offer him a 3-year deal, and then it is back to the merry-go-round of 1 year rotating contracts. Van Persie is unlikely to find the idea of a 3 year deal exciting, the last thing you want to do as a striker is start searching for a new club when you are 32.
Alternatively, he can cash in on RVP now and bring in 20-25 million pounds. Surely Arsene won’t do the unthinkable?