Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that the Arsenal exodus is over after the 25-year-old Belgian centre back Thomas Vermaelen committed his future to Arsenal football club.
Wenger obviously is delusional, has he even asked his talisman Robin Van Persie about his situation? Arsene will be relieved however that one of his stars has committed himself to the club, something that he hasn’t seen of late.
The Arsenal boss said: “It gives a different message. It looked like an exodus but we are a happy club. We did not have the start to the season we wanted but inside the atmosphere at the club is very solid, very united and very positive.
“We want to turn results around and the fact that players are extending their contracts at this point is positive for us.”
With Vermaelen signing a new 4-year deal, it has only just brought more added focus on Van Persie’s future. Until Van Persie signs a new deal, continuous links to other clubs will be speculated. Real Madrid is the latest club to be interested in signing the Dutch striker, as Mourinho is a long term admirer.
Van Persie has struck 28 goals in 34 matches this year, a tally that any striker would be proud to have. Discussions on Robin’s future will continue to be speculated with every goal he scores.
Where intense and heated speculations over Fabregas and Nasri’s future have dominated in previous seasons, it looks like Van Persie has taken the accolade.
Does Vermaelen signing a new deal really send out a message to the rest of the team to follow suit?
Wenger argued: “I had no basic doubt. We had the desire to extend and we were quite relaxed that Thomas would sign.”
But can he say the same thing for Van Persie, are they as relaxed with him as they were for Vermaelen. Both players had 19 months left on their contracts, the only difference being that Vermaelen didn’t talk, he signed. Nasri refused to sign a contract extension and look where that left him. It is for this that the press are so adamant to not leave Van Persie alone. You can say all you like about commitment, but unless he signs, the rumours will not end.
It must be infuriating for fans, players, managers, even Robin himself. But he is the one causing this whole commotion. It’s quite simple if he is as committed as he says he is, then sign the dotted line and shut everyone up. But he can’t because subconsciously he knows he is stalling and waiting to see what progress is made come the end of the season.