Arsene Wenger says he hopes to have Robin van Persie’s contract sorted before the skipper goes to Euro 2012 with Holland.
Robin has just over 12 months left on his current deal and has said all along that he’d hold discussions with the club at the end of this campaign. Wenger, however, wants to make sure that the situation does not drag out like it did with Samir Nasri last season.
“That will be sorted at the end of the season,” he said. “Yes, it will be before the Euros.”
Of course what Robin decides to do will probably depend on how we finish this season, making tomorrow’s game with Chelsea absolutely crucial. The Dutchman has scored a bazillion and twelves goals this season but is going through a relatively fallow period.
The manager isn’t too worried though and has played down suggestions that he’s suffering from fatigue.
“When you play 50 games at that level you suffer a little bit,” he said. “It is beyond expectation and for a striker it is massive. It will be very important for him to get a breather before the European Championships.
“Physically, Robin is good. He is not in the red zone. He has a very healthy life very focused on football – he takes care of everything. That is why he manages to do that. He is like Thierry Henry in that respect.”
Wenger also refused to engage in speculation about van Persie’s future because he visited the Barcelona team hotel on Monday night.
“I am not concerned. After the game you can go to have dinner. He has got friends there. Affelay, Fabregas. Why shouldn’t he?”
Indeed, why shouldn’t he? Once people know the papers are just making more out of a situation than is necessary, what’s the harm.
The real focus should be on Arsenal’s aim to finish in the top three, thus increasing the likelihood of Robin signing the new deal we all want him to.