So there are more developments coming in about the Robin van Persie transfer with BBC stating that Arsène Wenger decided to sell the Dutch striker after he had mooted the possibility of staying with the club.
The BBC have stated that van Persie was “encouraged” by the signings of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla and that he was open to contract talks with the club. It seems thought that Wenger had different ideas and they have alluded that Wenger “pulled him aside” before Arsenal’s friendly with Cologne and told him that “he was no longer part of his plans” and he would be sold.
They go on to say that discussions between Arsenal and United began immediately and that Ivan Gazidis and David Gill had agreed on a fee of £22.5m. It seems that Arsène Wenger didn’t feel that was a fair deal and was holding out for £25m and on Wednesday morning Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson called Wenger to offer £23m but Wenger was wanting £24m for last seasons PFA Player of the Year and Premiership leading goal scorer.
Finally a compromise was reached and that has ended up being the £22.5m plus £1.5m worth of add-ons
For the full article from BBC go here.
If this story is true then it is one that will make Arsenal fans smile.
For van Persie (or his agent) to release the statement where he belittles the direction of club, one was supposed to be captain of, is going to turn around and say that he is “open” to contract talks is a joke. Lukas Podolski had already joined Arsenal at the time and Giroud was all but signed, so since then and now the only other singing was that of Santi Cazorla. If he felt that he was going to say that he was “open” to contract talks and he was going to be greeted with open arms then he must believe that he is in some ways bigger than the club.
In any case, if this is accurate, Arsène Wenger has done the right thing with selling a player that has kind of character. To fight only when you believe you will win isn’t the sign of a fighter or a winner, but the sign of an opportunist.