This time last year we lost yet another Club Captain, this transfer however was probably the most painful of all.
Robin van Persie left the Gunners for title rivals Manchester United in mid August last year and had an immediate impact helping the Red Devils to Premier League glory, taking the golden boot for the second consecutive season. Not only that, but he left Arsenal with no established, Premier League stars. Wilshere was injured and had been out of the game for a season, Alex Song was sold and new signings Giroud, Cazorla and Podolski were all unproven in England. Van Persie left the Gunners at a very rough time.
The Dutchman was in exceptional form since his eventual return to full, undoubted fitness in 2011 and clawed Arsenal up into third position in the 2011/12 season after a prolific campaign but it was his last with the north London club. His contract was dwindling down and would have expired this summer so was consequently sold with Sir Alex Ferguson making a bold statement. So can we still blame the striker for leaving?
He caused plenty of controversy with his statement on his official website before his move away where he declared he would not sign a contract extension as he did not agree with Gazidis and Wenger on the way Arsenal should move forward. Many fans hated him from then onward, but unfortunately he had a major point.
With only two weeks left of the transfer window, the Gunners are one of the very, very few in the Premier League teams that have no spent a dime this summer. One free acquisition of a Yaya Sanogo may represent good business, but he will not help us win some silverware this season. The club does have a solid backbone of quality players, but still do not have the world class caliber centre forward the team needs, nor a beastly, combative defensive midfielder. Van Persie and Alex Song have still not been replaced.
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So to answer the question, out of frustration we can be annoyed for Van Persie’s departure last year however the Dutchman made a smart move at the end of the day. We will not be close to winning the title (Arsenal are paying 20/1 if you want to do some football betting) unless two star names are brought in, and it is seeming more and more unlikely as the days go by. The direction of this club is very questionable at present, there are some seriously bad decisions being made this summer. It seems Gooners who pay an absolute premium to watch the team they love, will have to endure yet another season of disappointment.
So no, we cannot blame Van Persie for leaving.