It is final. After months of speculation and dilly-dallying, the man who was the spear-point of our attack for the past eight years has thrown in the towel on our faces. Robin Van Persie in a disastrous announcement has confirmed that he wil not be extending his contract with Arsenal from the next season! Yes, Robin Van Persie is leaving Arsenal for good!! Tough he has not said what his future plans are and where he will be going.
Yes, sadly, he has slapped our faces. All of us, who worshiped him at par to Bergkamp and Henry, whom we were ready to build a temple for. But here he goes. Maybe it is all pure business, money above all, and it never was about the club and the fans. It is a death blow to people who worship players of the club and believe players to be Gooners for life too, just like the fans. It is his choice and we have to accept that, again, sadly. He has decided to leave the club, but is silent as on WHY and what his next move is. He also has not said what prompted his move. Money may be an object, or maybe he was just getting bored here, but that is an announcement for another day. He told his official website today:
“I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract.
“You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions.”
Thank you for that, Mr. Persie, for thinking of the fans of you and of the club! Anyways, this is the end of an era for Arsenal. Robin Van Persie had been with us since 2004 when he was signed over from his Dutch home club Feyenoord, and has since then risen to glory unparalleled. Last season he was hope embodied for Arsenal when he scored a whopping 30 goals for us. He grew and became what he is today through Arsenal, and hopefully he will not forget that. He started his career when Dutch heavyweights like Ruud Van Nistelrooy were ruling the roost, and his performances with Arsenal was what inspired then Dutch coach Marco Van Baasten to make him the spearhead of the Oranje attack. But how easily one forgets! But still, hope he keeps his word when he said in a different post for his fans:
“I love the club and the fans, no matter what happens. I have grown up and became a man during my time with Arsenal FC.”
I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. Out of my huge respect for Mr. Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward.
This throws in a lot more twists to the story. Some of us may have our disagreements with how the club is run, and now that has come out in the open. Should Arsenal be having a more aggressive acquisition strategy? Are the strategies of Mr. Arsene Wenger not good enough? We can’t say. But we can’t blame Persie alone. He must have had his reasons. This exit will certainly be an eye opener, and hopefully will chance atleast some things. But should we really care on where he goes to, unless it is in the best interests of Arsenal? What we should do is stop brooding about this and if he wants to go, let him go. We should win the title next year and show him, like a bucket of icy water thrown on his face! We all saw how he performed for his national side during the Euros. He stumbled and fumbled and tripped all over himself and failed to convert with the empty goalpost in front of him, twice! All said and done, I agree to what this guy says: And we all know what it means
I sincerely hope when RVP takes a decision of moving, he takes in the best interest of Arsenal.
— Jay ? (@Gasmuttai) July 4, 2012
Anyways, the announcement has been made and what remains is all technicalities. While this will be bitter, we have to remember that Arsenal FC was not built by one man or player or coach, we have endured more than a century! Players will come and go, but the club remains! We will not back down because one player decided to leave! Football is not a game and Arsenal is not a team that will collapse when one player is not present on the pitch! We have signed Giroud and Podolski, and though they might not match Persie, we will still be able to claw back up!
We will not be cowed down by this! We will revive the glory! We will keep winning! We will never back down!
Because WE ARE ARSENAL!! GUNNERS FOR LIFE!!!