Arsenal have been left shaken by the news that Robin Van Persie does not intend to sign a new deal with the club, and now they have a decision to make.
Van Persie's current deal runs through the end of next season, but Arsenal may want to cash in on him now before he is able to leave on a free transfer next summer. Head coach Arsene Wenger does have potential replacements in Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, but it is tough to imagine they can replicate Van Persie's league-high 30-goal campaign.
The Dutch forward has said he does not plan to extend his stay with Gunners due to disagreeing with officials about how the club should move forward while trying to win their first trophy since 2005.
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EGYPTIAN LEAGUE COULD RESUME IN AUGUST
After seven long months, the Egyptian league looks set to kick back into gear in August. The Egyptian Football Association said the league could resume on August 24 if the government approves improved security measures at stadiums around the country. That could include the installation of video cameras and metal detectors, and they would help limit the chances of another deadly disaster like the one that claimed the lives of 74 people in Port Said in February.
CHELSEA DEALT BLOW IN NEW STADIUM PURSUIT
If Chelsea are to build a new stadium in the coming years, it will not be at the Battersea Power Station they were looking at. Chelsea were beat out by a Malaysian group of investors for that land, and they must now search for a new location for a potential stadium if they are to move away from Stamford Bridge. The Malaysian investors spent approximately $620.8 million for the site and its surrounding area.
THIAGO ALCANTARA TO MISS OLYMPICS
Spain will be without Barcelona playmaker Thiago Alcantara during this summer's Olympics due to a tibia injury that he has yet to heal from. The 21-year-old Alcantara was named to Spain's provisional 22-man squad despite the knock, but he will not be fit in time to play in the Summer Games after recent tests showed more recovery time is needed. Alcantara, the son of 1994 Brazilian World Cup winner Mazinho, made his senior debut with Spain last August.
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