Robin van Persie’s future at Arsenal is still far from certain after chairman Peter Hill-Wood admitted the striker could leave the club if offered a massive contract elsewhere.
The Gunners captain has just over a year left on his contract at the Emirates and football betting experts will tell you that talks were believed to be at an advanced stage regarding an extension.
But Hill-Wood has warned Arsenal fans that the club wouldn’t be able to compete with potential suitors keen to turn van Persie’s head with a big-money offer.
“He is vital to us and has been an extremely good captain, but if somebody comes along and offers Robin £250,000 a week then I am afraid we cannot compete with that,” said the chairman.
“With players, you never know what they are going to do. Some players say they want silverware but when they have the chance to earn extraordinary money that has been pumped into the game, then you just have to hope they will stay because they are happy and loyal.”
The Dutchman carried Arsenal for much of last season, scoring 30 Premier League goals and scooping numerous end-of-season awards.
More than anything, he demonstrated just how valuable he is to the Gunners, and the fans will be keeping their fingers and toes crossed that their captain commits his future to Arsenal.
Manchester City have already been linked with a close-season move for van Persie, although the sky blues are rarely far from the gossip columns whenever a high-profile player is set to move clubs.
The 28-year old has always made it clear that he is happy at Arsenal, although it remains to be seen how loyal van Persie will be if, as some soccer betting tips suggest, his club struggles to challenge for silverware once again next season.