Goal UK’s chief correspondent explained the Arsenal exodus of world class talent lately and why Manchester City would want another forward considering their stellar strikeforce
Wayne Veysey answered Goal.com readers’ questions after exclusively revealing Robin van Persie had pulled out of Arsenal’s pre-season tour.
Goal UK’s chief correspondent revealed the Gunners' valuation for the striker, that the 28-year-old could feasibly stay at the Emirates this season and that Manchester United are happy to be linked with the Dutchman but have not bid contrary to reports elsewhere.
Readers fired in questions on Twitter such as who would become the new Arsenal captain should the Netherlands international leave and why would Manchester City want another forward considering their already stellar strikeforce.
Below are excerpts from the Q&A but you can read it in full by clicking this link and following Friday’s LIVE! blog.
fact93_ecoB: “Why have Man Utd not bid for RVP?”
Wayne Veysey: “I have been told that Van Persie is not a priority signing for Manchester United. They are more interested in recruiting Lucas Moura, Nuri Sahin and Leighton Baines. They are happy to be linked with Van Persie because it appeases the fans that the Glazers are willing to sanction marquee signings as well as emerging stars with sell on value (like Lucas).
“United would not be willing to pay more than £10 million for a player who turns 29 next month and has only a year remaining on his contract, given that he would demand a salary on a par with Wayne Rooney. A £25m move for Van Persie? That will not happen.”
Donozie: “Do Man City really need RVP?”
WV: “Good question. Man City have the ambition and resources to be the strongest club side in the world. And the best teams need the best players. I don't think anyone will disagree that Van Persie is an outstanding forward who can only make City more effective.”
ChimunguPeter: “What’s leading to the exodus of Arsenal's top players?”
WV: “Two things - money and the seven-year trophy itch. Arsenal's wage bill is not that far below the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea, it is just that the club and Arsene Wenger prefer to be more democratic in sanctioning salaries.
“The tiers between the elite players, the established players and the emerging ones are far narrower at Arsenal than any of their principal competitors. Hence, van Persie's current salary is not that far above the likes of Abou Diaby, Denilson and Nicklas Bendtner.”
Kwalimwadavid: “What, in your opinion is the most likely conclusion to the Robin Van Persie circus?”
WV: “In my view, there are two potential scenarios. The first is that, believe it or not, Arsenal hold Van Persie to his contract and refuse to sell him this window. Despite where we stand now, this is still a distinct possibility.
“The second is that Van Persie joins Manchester City. From what I hear, Manchester United are not seriously in for Van Persie, even though they are happy to be linked with him!”