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Arsene Wenger Says Arsenal Will Fight to Keep Robin van Persie; Plus More Of Today’s EPL News

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come out strong in the press with his line that the club will fight to keep Robin van Persie. It’s a losing battle, though. The player hasn’t been included in the tour of the Far East, and if the right offer comes along, I’m sure Arsenal will take the cash — whether it’s from Manchester City, Manchester United or Juventus. The harsh reality is that Arsenal has become a feeder club to Manchester City, and this could be another in a long line of their stars moving away from Emirates Stadium in the summer. Wenger may say he’s fighting to keep Robin van Persie, but maybe he’s just trying to get clubs to enter into a bidding war for the star striker?

Here are the Premier League news headlines of the day:

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  1. efrain

    July 22, 2012 at 9:54 am

    But Gaffer, wouldn’t rvp want to play and perform well so that when his contract is up, and he still wants to go, other teams will actually want him? What team would want him next year if he doesnt play or doesnt play well?? I would think he would still have something to prove to ensure his place in another top team next year. And my assumption would be that if he does play well, Arsenal can win a trophy or two, which just might be woth the 20-30 million they would have gotten had they sold rvp.

  2. Sawul

    July 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Wenger should just keep him, it’s not like we need the and Robin would be professional and play well, and with the new strike force and some other additions hopefully, we can actually challenge and maybe even win something this year, I’m sure winning a trophy with Arsenal would feel alot better than winning a cheap trophy elsewhere

  3. Banky

    July 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Wenger you dnt need 2 keep RVP, find another strike ok and remember last session becurse did nt wnt play 4 us again.

  4. The Gaffer

    July 21, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I think it’s down to player power. Arsenal, as a club, could force Robin van Persie to play out the remainder of his contract until next year. But they’ll end up with 1) letting the player go for free when his contract expires, 2) having a player who would probably make a scene and insist on not playing, and 3) would create an unhealthy atmosphere in the dressing room.

    Or, they can try to sell him this summer and get as much money as they can for him before he sets sail.

    Unless RVP changes his mind, which I doubt, there’s only one option — and that’s to sell him.

    The Gaffer

  5. efrain

    July 21, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I dont get it. If AW is the boss and makes the transfer decisions, then why does he have to “fight” to keep RVP? I thought at one point he said they were not going to sell RVP and let him play out the season without a contract?? I thought that was a good call. Robin would play well, even if he was not happy to be with the club. The club would play better. Perhaps win a trophy or two. Then Robin may want to stay since he would then have won something.

  6. Victor kay

    July 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Can someone tell me if there is anything stopping arsenal from forcing Rvp to see out his remaining season. I am surprised that Arsene Wenger is still saying that he will try to keep Rvp; of course that is the only rational option. Is arsenal contemplating selling him to man U or Man city, common on Arsene. Since Rvp’s decision not to extend his contract is not about money, the refusal to sell him until he fulfills his contract obligations is also not about money. It is high time we restored some honor to the fans.

  7. Harold

    July 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Wenger should know that what itches a tortoise is in it’s shell, so he is the problem

  8. Mohamed abdi

    July 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I have been suporting for allmost 10 years in order van persie to have more chance to play he need stay in arsenal other wise he will be subtitute all the time

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