Van Persie Move Could Trigger Arsenal Exodus
By Oliver Wilson
Arsene Wenger has agreed to another deal that could put the chemistry of his Arsenal squad in jeopardy once again as the Gunners accepted Manchester United's £22million bid for Robin van Persie.
The French manager has been battling all summer to keep the striker who bagged 30 goals in last season’s Premier League and, after Manchester City and Juventus dropped out of the hunt, many felt RVP remain a Gunner until the end of the August transfer window.
United, though, still loomed in the battle for RVP's signature and Sir Alex Ferguson managed to twist his old rivals arm into letting the flying Dutchman go for less then the initial £25 million asking price.
Wenger, with RVP gone, has some pretty big questions to answer from the fans, and most will want to know if the Arsenal exodus that seemingly bagen last summer is continuing once again this August.
In fact, the exodus from Arsenal has been going on for a number of years and the Emirates faithful have every reason to worry about who else will have left the club come August 31st.
In 2009/10 Wenger was happy to lose his star striker and one of his top defensive commodities when he sold Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure. Adebayor had scored 46 goals in his last two seasons at the Gunners, while Kolo had established himself as a leader at the heart of the Arsenal defence.
Despite this, though, Wenger was willing to let two of his biggest stars leave for the promised land of Manchester City as both searched for silverware, something that has eluded the Londoners for over half a decade now.
Last season more key members of Wenger’s side left. Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy all walked out of The Emirates doors and all broke their silverware drought in their new homes of Manchester and Barcelona.
Wenger must now worry about what sort of message he is sending out to the fans, and his players, after giving away the most important cog in his side’s engine.
Barcelona have already come sniffing around Alex Song, while Theo Walcott is entering the final 365 day’s of his current deal at the North London club, and both will have plenty of high profile suitors looking for their signature, should they make it know they want out of Arsenal.
And that could be a real issue if either of them see van Persie’s departure as an indicator of Wenger’s alleged ‘lack of ambition’.
Losing Cesc last year saw two others jump ship and don’t think that just because we’re still in August, Arsenal’s wanted stars are save from advances from Europe’s elite.
Van Persie may have been the first front page move of the summer since Eden Hazard touched down at Chelsea, but don’t think the back pages are free from more Arsenal departures.
Once again, Arsene Wenger’s lack of silverware and his transfer policy could lead to another exodus from the ever-rebuilding empire in North London.