With a day off work today – a rarity on Saturday’s – I’m at something of a loss. I plan to watch the CL final tonight with my brother, but until I head off to his place, I’m left sat in front of my PC, twiddling my thumbs.
“Information!” I exclaimed, and decided to do some thorough snooping around all the delicious – and some egregious – sites dotted throughout the sprawlingly vast Goonerverse.
One of the big stories doing the rounds in most of the national papers and bigger sites is about the amount of cash Robin van Persie is alleged to be demanding from Arsenal, along with some assurances of acquisitions and a competitive team for next season. Undoubtedly, news like this is invariably poppycock and created will the sole purpose of selling papers/getting hits for websites. However, I did find it quite interesting. It made me ponder. “What will he actually ask for, and should we allow a player to make demands of the club?”
Robin’s form over the last season was nothing short of fantastic. Without his goals, we might have find ourselves floundering in a mid-table doldrums instead of the relatively dizzying heights of third place. His overall contribution to Arsenal in the last 18 months is beyond reproach. Yet before that, his career at the club was a litany of niggling injuries and tales of ‘what’ if?’
Do I think Robin owes a certain amount of loyalty to Arsenal as they supported him unwaveringly through long periods of absence? Yes. But on the flip-side to that point, I also believe the club owes it to our one truly world class player to show him we are prepared to do what it takes to compete.
The wages he has, supposedly, demanded are in the region of a jaw-dropping £250,00 per week – an amount I’m certain I could live on for the next 10 years. That’s an astronomically large figure. As someone else pointed out today (I forget whom); only really Ronaldo and Messi could command such a figure, and both of them still have youth on their side. Robin is 28, and will be 29 soon. He certainly warrants a heft pay increase, that is without question. But the amount speculated is tantamount to ransom, and if there is any truth in it, I don’t think for a second the club should comply.
As the saga rumbles on, and there isn’t any sign of resolution on the horizon; stories like this will continue to appear. Misinformation and idle speculation are sure to be the weapons employed by the media, as it certainly attracts those of us hungry for information. My view remains simple; Robin van Persie is a brilliant, brilliant footballer and I’d love nothing more than for him to stay. However, Arsenal will always be bigger than any one player. If he choses to go elsewhere for the final big pay cheque of his career, then so be it. The club was here long before he arrived, and will remain long after he leaves.
For all parties concerned, I hope the resolution is sooner rather than later.
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I’m off to do something mildly productive now. I’ll return with more tomorrow.