Peter Hill-Wood is surprised / flabbergasted / astounded / dumbfounded / thunderstruck / flummoxed (delete as appropriate) that Robin van Persie has declared a desire to jump the good ship Arsenal.
The septuagenarian chairman, who may or may not realise that his weekly chats with the Daily Star are on the record, explained that he could just about understand Cesc Fabregas’ reasons for returning to Barcelona, but thinks the Dutchman’s exit desire is just plain odd.
“He is a world-class player and we don’t want to give him away,” said Hill-Wood with a wobbly lip.
“If he is determined to leave that is up to him, but giving him away is not on our agenda.
“To be honest I do not understand him at all. I understood Cesc Fabregas wanting to go home to Barcelona last summer. I had sympathy with that.
“But I thought Robin was happy at Arsenal, especially after the season he had with us.”
The article goes on to suggest that Arsene Wenger could wait until January to sell Van Persie thereby allowing himself an extra six months to plan for his departure. Quite how that would solve the ‘not giving him away’ scenario when clubs would offer pittance for him in the New Year is beyond Arseblog News…