I was intending today’s pots to be a simple round up of bits and bobs. Then I came across a story attributed to he highly dubious Goal.com.
In one of those articles that have ‘sources’ and are about as reputable as a 45-year-old prostitute with a penchant for thievery, fresh claims have emerged regarding a particularly ballsy stance by the club we all love.
Allegedly, Arsenal are intending to hold Robin to the final year of his contract. Here’s a bit of the text I read:
A senior Arsenal source told Goal.com: We are going to keep him and hold him to his current contract ».
When he is 30 it will be easier to re-sign him and in the last year [of his deal], we hope he will change his mind about wanting to leave ”
(If you’d like to read the whole article – including maddening auto-play videos – you can do so by clicking here.)
I’ve got to admit I’m surprised, and slightly refreshed. My first thought was the club would meekly accept his decision, and cash in on him while they still can. Assuming, of course, that there is one iota of truth to the this tory – I’m not convinced at all – I am not sure it’s the right choice.
Robin is a brilliant forward. If he gives us another year like his last, then it will have been unquestionably the correct thing to do. However, that’s a big “if” in my book. Will his heart be truly in the cause? I’m not so sure. Will his detrimental words aimed at the club and his teammates have an adverse affect on certain aspects? I’d say that is more than likely to be the case.
Then you have the biggest question of all; will he reproduce that form, and stay away from the injuries that have plagued the vast majority of his career? There is no way of predicting that, but hindsight and past experience suggest a repeat is unlikely.
I have always been of the opinion if a player want’s to leave, he should be allowed to. No fuss, no hassle, no bargaining; pack their bags and replace them. Loyalty is something of a fallacy in the modern game, Players come and go, and no club should ever be dictated to by, or reliant upon, one player.
However, there is another way of looking at this. If Robin leaves in 2013, he’ll have almost certainly left behind his best years in an Arsenal shirt. At 30-years-old, he’ll be on the decline. His big opportunity for a bumper contract is now, and if that’s truly what he wants, I fully expect him to try and force a move away in the next week – something that would hardly surprise me.
Where this goes now is anyone’s guess. The story could be a total fabrication, but if true, it at least shows there is intent at the club to retain our stars whilst we have a say in the matter. I expect more to follow.
Thanks for reading today, you lovely creatures. Post a comment below with your views on the subject.