I simply cannot believe the level of stupidity, ignorance, and blind unquestioning believing of rubbish I’ve seen in the last couple of days.
Robin Van Persie has made a statement. Now whether you like him or not, or are sad about him leaving, or not – there are some inarguable conclusions:
- He’s just slashed his value on the transfer market. If they try to sell him they can’t expect a good price because every other team knows (a) he wants to leave, and (b) we need to sell him.
- If they keep him until the end of the season, they lose money on him anyway when he leaves for free.
So… has he been very fair to Arsenal? No.
Should Arsenal bow to his requests/demands, or should they refuse to bow to a single player? Funny that some of the people who thought we shouldn’t bow to demands from certain other players last season are suddenly saying we should accede to RvP.
I mean, yes, he’s been a key player this season, but he’s still just one player. We’ve survived better players leaving before and we’ll survive RvP leaving.
What stuns me though, is that people cannot see the relationship between RvP, his agent, David Dein’s son, David Dein and Red & White Holdings (Alisher Usmanov’s organisation). You don’t think they got to him? You don’t think they pushed Usmanov’s agenda – i.e. Spend Spend Spend? If you don’t think those things are connected, you’re blind, or fooling yourself.
It’s all very well blaming the board, and there’s been a huge amount of that, especially from the same crowd that were shouting the odds last season. Funny that. Funny that the anti-board mob are the same crowd now jumping on this bandwagon. And actually it’s Arsene Wenger’s strategy that Van Persie was arguing against.
The board have sanctioned the purchase of two very good players so far, and of course we’re all hoping there’ll be more – but either way – they’re trying to be financially prudent, and you know my views about that. I’d far rather have their prudence than Usmanov’s break the bank approach. I’m not jealous of Man City buying the title – hell, they can buy all the titles they want, but that doesn’t make it right.
Stupidest tweet must go to the person crying about £3m per game and how much that is that should be spent on new players, with no conception about the club debt being paid off, or the fact that running the stadium on match days actually costs money too. How stupid. That’s not £3m profit. Don’t be leaving school just yet.
Anyway, Robin has done more than just set the stall out for his own future, he’s set Arsenal fans against each other, and more fans against the board and the club they claim to support.
Given the disruption he’s caused by this announcement, and the disruption likely to be caused if he remains around the club, I think it’s for the best if he goes now. I hate to say it, but I think he’ll follow the money and go to City.
Also, if you haven’t already read it, please go and read this response from a blogger to RvP’s announcement: http://www.arsenalvision.co.uk/articles/4088-rvp-a-reaction-to-your-leaving.html
Me, I’m still supporting the club I love, Arsenal.