“For me, Van Persie is one of the best strikers in the world, if not the best, and my desire is to keep him at the club,” said Wenger after leaving his captain off Arsenal’s tour of Asia yesterday. “For the rest I will do what is in the best interests of Arsenal Football Club, as ever. That, at the moment, is where we are. There is not a lot more to say than that.”
The Arsenal board, who are not overly concerned about winning, are more concerned about the financial impact of Van Persie walking out for nothing next summer. The board os said to be willing to sell van Persie for £20m, with the hope that they can get a bidding war going an maybe get the price up to around £25m.
The internal battle at Arsenal is a repeat from last season, when Wenger did not want to sell Nasri, who was entering the final year of his contract. In the end the board accepted Man City’s £22 million and the midfielder left after the season has started.
Will the same situation repeat itself this summer with van Persie leaving in late August as the board accepts £20 million for the Gunners former captain, or will Wenger win the power battle and keep RVP for the season?