When I read RVP's post on his website, I was not upset. Instead, I think I understood what he was trying to say. RVP said that he and the club do not agree with the way that Arsenal should move forward. I have not been happy with the way Arsenal are moving..well stagnating. If what RVP is trying to say is that Arsenal need to buy quality players to challenge for titles else he is moving on, then I agree with him. As a matter of fact I think all fans would agree with him. RVP has been an Arsenal fan even before he joined us. I do not think he is being disloyal, in fact, I think he is right to stand up to the board and say to them what every Arsenal fan has been thinking. He wants them to bring Arsenal back to its glory days and is challenging them to fight for the title. In a world full of anger and distrust we are ready to jump on player’s backs without knowing the whole truth. The media makes it worse by publishing rumors. We have to understand that everything we read in the papers is not true.
Put yourself in his shoes. I'm sure most of us want to be successful in whatever it is that we do, so why should RVP be slated for wanting the same? If you were RVP, when you looked back at your career, would you want to see yourself happy that you scraped through a CL spot or would you want to see yourself winning titles? This should be a chance for the fans to stand up to the board and the club's transfer policy. Over the years we have lost Henry, Flamini, Hleb, Toure, Adebayor, Fabregas, Nasri, and Clichy (don't really care about him). Henry moved on to win titles too! Why put on a pedestal? Wasn't he in the exact same position as RVP is in now?
I may be wrong in assuming that RVP is a nice person, but, I hope not. I would like to think that deep down he really wants Arsenal to bring in some good players so that he can stay. I would like to think that there is still some humanity left in RVP especially considering the things that he has said about Arsenal in the past. The truth is we will only find out his true intentions once he leaves. If he goes to City or ManU it may be for the money but it may also be for titles. All we can do is hope that Wenger makes some signings! Here’s to another stressful transfer window!
Mean Lean's Response
Not agreeing with how the club should move forward could mean absolutely anything. It could mean that he wants a certain player signed, it could mean that he wants certain players to stay. What is more than likely in my eyes is that he doesn't agree with the contract amount on offer. Only van Persie, his agent, Arsene and members of the board know the true story.
We have already signed a German international forward on top of a French international striker who finished as top scorer in Ligue 1 last season and judging from what Arsene has said recently, it looks as if he hasn't finished his work in the market. Would you say that it a club lacking ambition?
Why not just stick with Afobe, Park et al and say that they deserve their chance. In the last two summers we have bought Santos, Mertesacker, Arteta, Podolski, Gervinho, Giroud and others. These are not kids with potential, these are international class footballers who all have something to prove. We are building a team that can compete and not just waiting for a side to mature.
If the rumours about Carzorla are true and we do sign him then we are a strong team and squad than last season even without Robin van Persie. It would take a serious argument to convince me otherwise. That is not to mention Jack Wilshere just around the corner.
Time to move on away from van Persie and let us concentrate on the likes of Laurent Koscielny who today signed a new deal for our great club.