Robin van Persie is set to begin crunch talks with manager Arsene Wenger over his long term future at Arsenal, amid speculation that the Dutch international will be leaving the club in the summer.
Van Persie’s contract expires at the end of next season and Arsenal may find themselves having to cash in to save losing him for nothing – just like the Samir Nasri situation a year ago. A handful of clubs have been linked with van Persie – Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, even Manchester United – but one club sticks out.
Since Sheikh Mansour hauled Manchester City out of dark ages and thrust them into the worldwide limelight, City have had a knack of poaching players from Arsene Wenger’s side – Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and of course Samir Nasri have all made the move up to the Etihad Stadium and speculation is rife that van Persie could be the next to go.
Because Manchester City are the current favourites to snag van Persie if he leaves Arsenal, here are 3 reasons why he should move to the new Premier League Champions.
A GENUINE CHANCE TO WIN TROPHIES
I’m not saying Arsenal won’t win a trophy ever again whilst van Persie is active, but it’s now approaching 7 years since Arsenal last won a major trophy.
Moving to Manchester City would give him the chance to win the Premier League on a consistent basis as well as join Europe’s elite by challenging for Champions League glory.
Van Persie is nearing his 30’s and has just a UEFA cup title (with Feyenoord), an FA Cup and a Community Shield winner’s medal to his name. He will want to win titles and win them now – Manchester City represent his best chance given the anticipated development of the club.
Arsenal have a pretty strict wage budget. They wouldn’t break the bank to keep Nasri last summer and despite calls to throw as much cash as possible at van Persie to make him stay, Arsenal are a team who are financially smart and don’t spend beyond their means.
Manchester City on the other hand have more money than sense. Van Persie could move to City and set himself up for retirement very nicely on £150,000 – £200,000 per week. Not bad eh? As much as people want to think that money shouldn’t influence a player, it most certainly does.
Whilst I don’t subscribe to the claim that Arsenal are a ‘one man team’, even the most ardent of Arsenal fans should admit that van Persie has carried the team at times this season.
Van Persie could move to City and be surrounded by world-class players who could contribute and chip in with goals, taking a huge weight off his shoulders in the process. Theo Walcott was Arsenal’s second top scorer with 11 goals, yet Edin Dzeko, who was often out of the starting line up, bagged 18 goals this season.
Van Persie is clearly the go to guy at Arsenal and whilst I don’t think this would be the first consideration from van Persie, I do think it will play on his mind. If he could play without pressure, who knows what van Persie could achieve?
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