While obviously that was always going to be the case, it has become quite clear that United was the only club to at least match or come clsoe to Arsenal’s valuation for the Dutchman with reports claiming the transfer fee negotiated was approximately £24m.
Sir Alex has gone on to say that Van Persie will make his debut for United in their opening league fixture against Everton, while for Arsenal it is quite clear that new signing Olivier Giroud will be getting more game-time than expected.
Wenger is quoted as saying by Goal.com on the Van Persie trasnfer saga:
We made our rivals stronger, this is what we wanted to avoid at all costs, but we have not.
Honestly, I would have preferred the sell abroad, for example, PSG rather than Manchester United. They have the advantage of having played against him and know his great class and value.
He really is an exceptional player in the pure sense of the term. I have not known many players in my life who have this quality of first touch and this intelligence of movement
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Unfortunately, we have the reality, the economic reality, and the reality of the desire of the player. When you are not able to extend a player and that he is in his last year of contract there was no other way than to let him go.
It’s sad because he’s a player who has played for eight years at Arsenal, and unfortunately it is an another pill to swallow. We have swallowed a lot, we have always survived. It is a real challenge to meet.
This is a player who has scored 30 goals in the Premier League last year, he scored virtually in all games. So it will be a challenge for our attackers to replace him.
The economic point is the only point of satisfaction. But you do not play with the money on the pitch, you play with the quality of the players. When we lose a player like that, it is always very difficult.
It will give more chance to Giroud, because when Van Persie is there honestly he is the first that you put on the sheet and then you put the others around. So, there is certainly a vacuum to fill, it’s down to the ones who can seize the chance.
While I am obviously gutted that the Dutchman has left, I for one am finally glad that his future has been resolved before the start of the Premier League season.
At least Arsenal can go into the season with a clear mindset and of the knowledge that Robin will not be a part of the team and hopefully they move on from his departure relatively quick.
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