Van Persie signs with Man United!!
Ferguson’s transfer mantra in recent seasons has been “value” – so it is a measure of the size of the statement he and United want to make that he is prepared to pay £24m plus a lavish salary for Arsenal’s 29-year-old double footballer of the year.
For Arsenal, there will be injury at seeing their leader and main attacking threat leave. There is the added insult that after questioning their direction and ambition he has chosen to be the first player to switch from the Gunners to United since Viv Anderson in 1987.
Emotions among the followers of these fierce rivals will be in sharp contrast today. Old Trafford will be floating on clouds of renewed optimism after a signing that sends out a series of threatening signals while Arsenal’s fans will bemoan the loss of another pivotal figure after losing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last summer.
So what are the ramifications of Van Persie’s impending switch for the club he is joining and the one he is leaving behind?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will find it difficult to paint a pleasant picture after losing a player of such significance and influence. Despite the hopeful noises of one last season – and even the possibility of a new contract – Van Persie’s career at The Emirates was dead from the moment he released what many regarded as a disrespectful statement outlining his intention to leave.
It is also a move which presents Wenger with one of his most formidable challenges. Arsenal’s manager has not been able to win a trophy with Van Persie since the FA Cup in 2005 – so how difficult will he find it without him?
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