Arsenal fans will have noticed a trend when it comes to big players leaving the club.
Arsene publicly announced last summer that he was convinced that Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri would stay. He said about Nasri, who had a year left on his contract:
“Will he be at the club this season? I say yes. Will he sign a new contract? I hope yes but Iâ€™m not the only one to decide that.
“There is always speculation when a player has only one contract year to go and has not signed a new contract that he might leave the club.
“But Samir Nasri is very happy at the club and is committed to staying at the club.”
And about Fabregas before he went home to Barcelona:
“Yes, I am convinced Cesc will stay.
“It is as simple as that. I never speak about whatâ€™s happening behind closed doors. Cesc loves the club and hopefully weâ€™ll manage.
“We know that this story for Barcelona goes on for years now and we have to close that and for ourselves to focus on the season hopefully with Cesc Fabregas.”
Weeks later they left for Manchester City and Barcelona.
It is quite telling that Arsene is so desperate that he is relying on the emotional side of his biggest players and going public with his intention to keep them, but the same players that love the club are still leaving.
And so to yesterday, Arsene said about Van Persie:
“We want to keep Robin van Persie at all costs, because we depend on him offensively.
“I have always supported him even in the hardest times, and I hope he will end his career at Arsenal.”
Not quite saying that he’s “convinced” he’ll stay, but close enough.
Then Robin releases his own statement, saying that he will not be renewing his current deal that ends next summer.
Just on Van Persie, I have to say I wish him all the best. Whenever I’ve seen him play he’s always given 110% in an Arsenal shirt and since he arrived he has totally engrossed himself into the club and the city. I’ll always smile when I hear his Dutch/cockney accent when he gives and interview, and even though he said he’s not renewing because he wants to win trophies it wouldn’t bother me that much if it was for the money. He’s been at Arsenal for 8 years and only has an FA Cup to show for it. A player of his quality deserves more and it’s sad that I think that way. I really do love Van Persie and he will be sorely missed. I didn’t care so much when Nasri left but Van Persie’s departure will be as sad as Fabregas leaving last year.
One big question is why do Arsenal get into a situation where the player only has one year left on his contract? It seems to happen a lot with Arsenal and I’m not sure why it keeps happening.
Do the players not believe in Arsene anymore? It must be hard trying to convince the same players year after year that we will win something and end up empty handed time and time again. We are a great football club but at the moment we just can’t compete with the teams right at the top.