For the umpteenth year in a row Arsene Wenger will take charge of his first pre-season training session of the new term with a cloud of speculation hanging over the future of one of his best players.
Having been granted an extended break following his international responsibilities at Euro 2012, Robin van Persie will likely not be at London Colney next week, although the Dutchman is expected to resume contract negotiations with a view to finally sorting his future.
Despite both Arsenal and Van Persie remaining silent on the matter for a month, conjecture, hearsay, gossip, assumption, guesswork and supposition have still made it to the back pages of the newspapers in abundance.
Newly-loaded French big boys Paris Saint Germain are apparently willing to flex their financial muscles by offering our captain a wage packet that would make Ivan Gazidis wet the bed.
Juventus, presumably banking on Peter Hill-Wood being too drunk to count properly, have reportedly made a bid of €10 million – a sum which suggests the Old Lady is suffering from dementia.
Meanwhile, our old friends Manchester City are, as usual, coyly sniffing around the Arsenal ring piece, seemingly unperturbed by the residing stench of fartners-in-crime Nasri and Adebayor.
“Van Persie? He is an Arsenal player and I don’t want to disrespect Arsene Wenger,” Mancini told journalists at the weekend ignoring the fact that a month ago he’d happily indulged in a spot of pin the tail on the Arsene Wenger player he’d like to sign.
They’ll likely be a lot of guff flying around in the next two weeks on the subject of Van Persie. Arseblog News urges calm no matter which way the winds of change blow.