Friday, July 20, 2012
Van Persie of Arsenal's tour with the power of Manchester City move
Robin van Persie out of Arsenal's Asian tour to try to force through a move to Manchester City.
Sources have told Goal.com that the Dutch striker refused to go on the journey of three matches Club Malaysia and China, as of Saturday afternoon, when the club went to Kuala Lumpur for the first step of the tour.
Van Persie has raised the stakes when he goes head-to-head with Arsenal in the battle to rid the club.
Arsene Wenger is believed to have reluctantly accepted the position of Van Persie and 28 years will remain in London Colney next week to train with the club's academy and reserve players and those more established men who will be left behind him to recover from an injury, like Jack Wilshere, Emmanuel Frimpong and Bacary Sagna.
Contrary to widespread reports that Manchester United have made a formal offer for the striker, it is understood that this is not the case and the Old Trafford club instead of a priority to sign Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura, and also to continue Real Madrid star Nuri Sahin.
Sources said that the neighbors United, Manchester City, is in pole position to sign Van Persie and an attractive package is a place for the PFA player of the year due to Etihad Stadium.
Although the Dutch star reiterated his position that he wants to leave Arsenal before the transfer window closed and effectively went on strike, the club was ready to stick to their strategy to keep the contract expires in 11 months.
The North London has calculated that the attacker has little chance of being awarded a contract for four years, returns next year of one of her suitors because of his age - he was 30 years old in August 2013 - and the turbulent history of trauma.
Van Persie and his representatives, however, determined that they would force Arsenal into sales by pushing even harder for a transfer as Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.
The Dutch make a bomb with a statement through his own website on July 4, who actually said he wanted to go because he did not agree with Wenger and the board "out respects Arsenal on the way ... should move forward. "
He also announced he would not renew his contract before it expires in June
Van Persie had risked tarnishing his legacy with the Arsenal fans after performances of his remarkable season in 2011-2012, when he scored 37 goals and inspire the third team in the Premier League after a disastrous start to the campaign.
Arsenal fly to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, touring their third preseason games in Asia, also takes in Beijing and Hong Kong, with the Gunners play Manchester City at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing on July 27.