With Arsenal experiencing such a turbulent pre-season and seemingly certain to lose their leading star in Robin Van Persie, Gunners fans certainly need some reassurance at the moment. Fortunately, Thierry Henry has come forward and backed the club, stating that they will bounce back even if the Dutchman does depart.
After announcing that he would not be signing a new contract, there has been intense speculation linking Van Persie to other clubs. While his contract still has a year to run, it is thought that the Gunners would prefer to net a transfer fee and sell him now. Already, Manchester United have had a bid rejected, while Manchester City and Juventus are reportedly other serious suitors.
With all the speculation ringing in the ears of Arsenal supporters, it’s no surprise to see them so concerned about the club at the moment. However, Thierry Henry has attempted to calm things down, with the Gunners legend claiming that the club would be able to cope with RVP’s departure. He told Sky Sports News, “We hope he stays and that’s the way it is. I don’t know exactly what is happening but as an Arsenal fan I want him to stay. He is still an Arsenal player and the boss has to deal with it. I just want Arsenal to do well. Robin will do what he will do and we’ll see. When I left, everybody cried, but then the year after they went on a run of being eight points ahead. Everyone comes and goes.”
It is understood that Arsene Wenger has desperately tried to persuade RVP that his future does lie at the Emirates Stadium, although at the moment he is facing a losing battle. With the Gunners clearly not deviating from their prudent approach in the transfer market, it looks as though the writing is on the wall and it’s just a matter of time before another club bids an acceptable offer.