Arsenal captain scored a brace but failure to qualify for the Champions League could see him seek pastures new
Actions are supposed to speak louder than words.
Robin van Persie is still delivering on the pitch and his goals saved Arsenal once again in a season when he has carried the club single-handedly at times.
But the Dutch striker’s silence spoke volumes and Arsenal’s Champions League fate may end up deciding his long-term intentions.
Van Persie refused to talk after a game which provided a snapshot of Arsenal’s failings in a turbulent season.
Arsenal’s early promise descended into a dreadful first half before Van Persie led a thrilling fightback only for Arsenal’s defensive frailties to contrive to throw it all away. And with it potentially kiss goodbye to a Champions League place.
Van Persie has given everything this season. Scored goals, sweated blood and held his nerve when – as again happened on Saturday – everyone else around him were losing their heads
Maybe Van Persie ducked the chance to speak because with every trophy-less campaign the temptation must grow to seek success elsewhere.
You could not begrudge him either. While others have left – notably Samir Nasri – blaming everyone but themselves for Arsenal failing to win silverware that is not something you could aim at 37-goal Van Persie.
Van Persie declared he would “always be a Gunner” on accepting his Football Writers’ Player of the Year award which some saw as him waving a painful goodbye.