Will he sign a new Arsenal contract? Won’t he sign a new Arsenal contract? Who knows? And with a quarter of his (Robin’s) priestly vows fulfilled, we may not know for a while. Everybody and their long lost uncle are speculating on what Robin will do, claim to have some sort of inside scoop, reading tea leaves and body language to state their case, etc. This piece is much more introspective, reflective and soul searching. Objectively, what would you do if you were in Robin’s shoes?
I can only imagine Robin is sitting in the Dutch camp, thankful he doesn’t have to play with Nigel de Jong every day (you know what I mean – playing football on the same pitch), wondering what sort of fried delectable Andre Santos is munching on at this very moment.
But, seriously, what would you do if you were Robin? The way I see it there are three choices:
- Sign a new contract
- Do nothing and see out his existing contract
- Force his way out of the team this summer
The amount of money he can make elsewhere is insane (the reports from MC and Russia are about Monopoly money salaries). And who among us wouldn’t be tempted? Don’t get me wrong, what Arsenal are (supposedly) offering would be more than enough for most of us and be a tidy sum to collect each and every week, but what would you do if you could get more? Imagine your own current job situation. You’re happy, you work with people you like, you make a good living – but somebody comes along and offers you double the amount you are currently making. You’d be crazy not to consider the offer (and possibly crazy not accept it).
I actually had this very situation happen to me. I run my own business and do well for myself, but a company in Arizona offered me easily 2X what I was making on my own. I eventually said no, but it took a tremendous amount of soul searching to make that decision. I made the decision because I run my own company, I love being in Austin (Arizona? Really?), I love the lifestyle running my own company affords me and my wife is established in her profession here in Austin as well. Tough decision, but I don’t regret if for a minute.
I suspect Robin, especially being the competitive person he is, is doing much the same right now. Of course I want him to stay at Arsenal, but I wouldn’t begrudge him the decision to move on from Arsenal if he does so.
What would you do if you were in Robin’s shoes? Take the poll and leave comments below.