"...it has become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way
Arsenal FC should move forward."
The above section is the key to RVP's departure. The fact that a player felt he should be having such a say on the management of the club had already been made clear to Wenger and Gazidis earlier in the summer, a series of 'outlandish' demands had been made by RVP and his team, from this moment on the club knew full well that he had to go, the only question was how to go about extracting as much money for his sale as humanly possible. Amy Lawrence and Arseblogger have described events in more detail.
The bottom line is that RVP strengths are his weaknesses, and no doubt his arrogance has cost him here. The player who had such an erratic history in terms of injury and form had got carried away with one great season and the captaincy. He had become so cocky and self important that he felt he should be contributing the club's management, including the finances. The club could not keep a player who was trying to dictate financial policy to them, he simply had to go. In fact the club never even offered him a deal of any kind after his ridiculous behaviour at the meeting, RVP had in effect signed his own death warrant at the club.
It is indeed sad that a player who many of us thought has his head screwed on has let himself and the club down so very badly. As Arseblogger comments today, it is likely he had some very bad advice from his agent and will regret this decision when he is old enough to grow some maturity of thought. RVP can never become a footballing legend, he could have been this at Arsenal, and all he can be at Manu is just another one of their fickle cohort.
I am sure the same old tired arguments will spew forth from certain corners and certain people with vested interests will try to paint RVP as the innocent party, while trying to blame the club for his departure. This version of events is nowhere near the truth though, RVP left the club with no choice, his ego had got too carried away after one brilliant season, he felt he was entitled to be player, captain, manager and economist. No player can be bigger than the club and this is unfortunately what RVP wanted to be. Arsenal will be bigger and stronger without RVP, we simply cannot afford to have this kind of disruptive arrogance in our midst. Goodbye Robin, thanks for the memories.