Friday, 11 May 2012

Gunners hold RVP hope

Arsenal have largely relied on goals from their star striker Robin Van Persie this season but the Dutchman's future at the Emirates still hangs in the balance.

With 30 goals in the Premier League this term and some fine displays in the Champions League to boast as well, it's unsurprising that the former Feyenoord forward has been attracting interest from across Europe.

The 28-year-old has been linked with Barcelona in the past few months and now more recently Italian champions Juventus, who are keen to add to their attacking firepower for next season.

And there are few who can match Van Persie’s achievements this term.

The likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may have scored more goals, but they are playing for Barca and Real Madrid respectively, who have between them dominated La Liga betting selections once again this term.

Arsenal, on the other hand, have endured a difficult campaign in the Premier League and have had to battle to the final day of the season in the hope of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Yet Van Persie looks set to win the golden boot ahead of the stars of the league's frontrunners Manchester City and Manchester United, despite most of the Premiership top scorer betting before the season began favouring the likes of United’s Wayne Rooney and City’s Sergio Aguero.

Gunners chairman Peter Hill-Wood is desperate for the Netherlands star to pen a new deal, as they hope to end the seven-year wait for silverware next season.

He told the Daily Star: "We haven't talked to Robin yet, but I spoke to Arsene (Wenger) recently.

"He is very confident he will stay and I very much hope he will.

"He has had a wonderful season with us.

"We have had no official approaches from any other club, as far as I am aware."

And Hill-Wood will undoubtedly be keen to avoid any official approaches for his reliable Robin between now and the end of the summer.