It is a dark day for Arsenal fans. After sticking by their injury-plagued Dutchman for seven years, Robin Van Persie, Arsenal’s captain and 30-goal striker is calling it quits at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal will almost certainly sell RVP while they can still make money off of him, as he has one year remaining on his current contract, and his only request is that he be transferred to a team that can win trophies. Manchester City, Juventus, Real Madrid, and Barcelona have all been mentioned as suitors.
Last year, Arsenal found themselves in a similar situation as then-captain Cesc Fabregas departed Emirates for his native Barcelona. Cesc has enjoyed success in La Liga and for Spain’s international squad, but one wonders how footballers’ loyalties disappear so quickly when a club takes them when they are rejected (Fabregas as a youth player, by Barcelona) or sticks by their side through many injuries (Van Persie, throughout his career).
Samir Nasri decided to leave Arsenal last season, joining oil-rich Manchester City in dethroning Manchester United as champions of the English Premier League. But how deep is the satisfaction one feels being a small piece of an overpaid puzzle, compared to strengthening a history-laden squad such as Arsenal?
Everything is cyclical, and my beloved Arsenal FC will once again reach the heights it enjoyed in the early 2000s, but we might have to bear another RVP or two…or three…or four before we get there.
(NOTE: This is a re-post from July 4, 2012)