Cesc Fàbregas is arguably Arsenal’s most beloved player of the last decade, but what did he do in his last season with the Gunners? Played 36 matches, Scored 9 goals, created 17 more. Very respectable numbers till you look at his 2009–10 season stats. Having played the same number of games, Fabregas scored 19 goals and created a further 19 more. His first season at Barcelona? A respectable 15 goals and 20 assists.
What are we getting at? Pretty simple really. You keep hold of a player once his happiness level at the club expires, and you are bound to see a dip in results.
So, should the Gunners force Robin van Perise to see out his contract and allow him to go for free next season. No way! Not only will they lose 15-20 million in cold hard cash, but they are also certain to see a dip in his form.
It is one thing being ‘professional’, and it is another that your heart just isn’t in it anymore. It is easy being professional when the adrenaline is high and you are in a UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona, try a cold dreary evening at Stoke City where every defender is trying to cave in your ribs.
Sell RVP while the selling is good, there is no point keeping an unhappy player in the team.
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