Gilles Grimandi maintains that Arsenal are eager for Robin van Persie to see out the final year of his contract at the Emirates, but admits that every player has his price and in the current market it will be difficult to turn down a ‘great offer.’
Breaking from the recently towed line that Olivier Giroud had not been signed as a replacement, the midfielder-turned-scout also admitted to le10sport.com that the acquisition of his compatriot was a clear attempt not to be ‘cornered’ in the transfer window.
“We want him to stay home but he is left with one year contract so it’s complicated,” confirmed Grimandi.
“At Arsenal, there is a healthy atmosphere, he’s been here for eight years and he has a real commitment to the club.
“Was the recruitment of Olivier Giroud made to compensate for his departure? Yes, we work to avoid being cornered. But we do everything to keep him [Van Persie] and we want him to stay.
“If there’s a great offer and if he wants to leave and it will be difficult to keep him.
“I would never have thought a players such as [AC Milan’s] Thiago Silva could be transferable, but that was the case for a time. There are parameters you can not handle.”
As much as you have to admire Grimandi’s stoic efforts to turn water into wine, to catch lightning in a bottle, to coax blood from a stone, to de-spot a leopard, to teach an old dog new tricks, to tell the sun to leave the sky (moderate success in the UK aside) and to have his cake and eat it (can’t blame him, he is French), even the most optimistic Arsenal fans have pretty much given up any hope of seeing Robin van Pissypants stay at the Emirates.
Thanks to @RYO_Cleverfish for the heads up