Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has said that he does not criticise the decision taken by Arsenal striker Robin van Persie to leave the club at the end of his current contract. The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season, which has made him one of the in demand strikers in Europe after having scored almost 40 goals in all competitions in a very disappointing season for Arsenal. The 28-year-old revealed on his official website that he intends to see out his current contract rather than sign a new deal because he does not believe Arsenal’s ambitions match his ambitions.
This comes as a major disappointing news for manager Arsene Wenger, who has stressed throughout last season that he expects Robin van Persie to sign a new deal with the club. A number of high-profile clubs like Barcelona, Juventus, and Manchester United are being linked with the forward, but it is thought that Premier league champions Manchester City will be the favourites due to the fact that they will be able to afford his astronomical wage demands of around £ 200,000 per week. Ian Wright believes that the decision taken by Robin van Persie should not be criticised because he understands that his ambition is to win trophies, with Arsenal are not doing at the moment.
“In many respects, I cannot blame him for wanting to join a club who are winning trophies. At least Van Persie is not the sort of player who would be unprofessional and cause problems within the group. For the last few years, Arsenal have lost at least one top player each summer and they have struggled to win anything as a result. In previous seasons, Manchester United and Chelsea were the successful teams the top players wanted to join — now, it is City,” said Wright.