RVP on the brink of departure finally?

The future of Robin Van Persie at Arsenal has become shadier after the club did not allocate a jersey number to their new signing Lukas Podolski.

Van Persie has been given shirt number 10 ahead of the new season but with increasing possibility of a departure this summer, the club’s decision to not allocate a number to Podolski casts further doubts on the Dutchman’s future. The German international sounded confident of replacing the 28 year old and it seems that Arsene Wenger is of the same opinion.

The Dutch striker’s future is still unsorted as Manchester United and Juventus keep pressing for his signature after the player ruled out a move to the Eastlands. The Turin club are set to offer him a mammoth £190,000 a week deal to lure him away to the Serie A as United are unlikely to match their wage deal.

New recruit Olivier Giroud from Ligue 1 champions Montpellier has been assigned number 12 ahead of the new season while Polish custodian Wojciech Szczesny has been rewarded with number 1 after his consistent performances last season under the bar for the Gunners. It is expected that Podolski would be given the squad number 10 if Van Persie does leave.

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