While the devastating, gut wrenching news of Robin Van Persie hit us all on Wednesday last, I couldn't help but feel the need for change. This change is one of mentality. Arsenal must attempt to send out a statement to other clubs, and indeed their own players by keeping Robin Van Persie, even if it means he walks for nothing.
We've seen so many players leave when they shouldn't, Nasri, Fabregas, Henry, Vieira and even Hleb for that matter. Several have left claiming 'lack of trophies' are a major reason for departing, but as many believe it comes down to money. While I, among many others can see Wengers point of view, it is easy to see why money would come into play. With a career that lasts short of twenty years, footballers tend to become greedy, some will say rightly so. But while Mr. Wenger has difficulty matching the figures on show at the Etihad, he may continue to lose players. Robin Van Persie has insisted that he won't sign due to the ambition of the Club, but perhaps if they decide to leave him sit out a year, he'll see differently.
It could be argued that if Van Persie sees that selling players when the cheque book is waved in front of the Arsenal Board is stopped, he may see a change in direction and ambition. Arsenal had large profits last year, but only largely due to the fees received for Samir and Cesc. Winning a trophy will be worth its weight in gold if Arsenal can end it's drought. Would Van Persie sign on if an F.A. Cup medal is waved in front of him? Perhaps that is a question for the Dutchman himself. But it is time for Arsenal, starting with Wenger to show the cash-rich clubs that it'll take more than cash to lure away out Captain. Too often has money been glaring in the eyes of those men behind the scenes at The Emirates.
By refusing to sell at any price, the Club will be telling players that no matter how exceptional they view themselves, leaving isn't as easy as playing Blackburn at home! Players will suddenly feel the warmth and respect of the club, with contracts somewhat easier to negotiate.
And besides, Chamakh is hardly the answer, is he?