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Who Was The ‘Winner’ In The van Persie Deal? Arsenal or Man Utd?

Robin van Persie has completed his move from Arsenal to Manchester United for a reported £24m. But which club has got the better half of this huge transfer?

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Arsenal have lost their top goal scorer from last season, their best player, in the view of some, and certainly their talisman. In return Manchester United have paid around £24 million pounds according to the BBC. Who has the best deal?

Man Utd?

Manchester United get a player of proven international quality, etc . We all know the qualities the Van man can bring to any team. At United he will take the pressure off Rooney. He is versatile and can play in front of him for example or behind Hernandez or Welbeck.

Ask most united fans where last season’s weaknesses were however and the answer is more often than not midfield. Who will create? Who will provide the glittering strike force with the passes and platform for them to dazzle?

Other Old Trafford regulars point to defensive deficiencies. How much longer for the aging Ferdinand? Will the potential of Jones and Smalling be realised?

United have strengthened an existing strength and so far done less about perceived weaknesses and it has cost them a relative fortune for a 29-year-old with an apparently brittle body, questionable disciplinary record and one really good season in 8 yrs.

What about Arsenal?

They paid £3.5 million or so for him and make a cool £20million or so profit. And all for a player who is effectively a 29-year-old one-season wonder. Van Persie could not be relied on this season to play as many games as he did in 2011/12. Last season luckily for them he found health because the back up (I give you Chamakh and Park!) was frankly nowhere near good enough.

The goals of last season will be missed and just how much will depend on Giroud and Podolski ,the new boys , and others too. Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Arteta will need to step up to the plate. Time will tell on that one.

The damage to Arsenal is in what Van Persie was. His programme notes on what it meant to captain Arsenal. The photo of the teenage Robin proudly wearing his Arsenal shirt. The leader of young men. The go-between within the club. The unifying figure in a changing room of many nations. How can all that be measured?

In hard football and business facts Arsenal have the better deal. The ‘but’ and it’s a big ‘but’ is in all that we care about in football. Our emotional investment, club loyalty, trust . In all of those Arsenal are the biggest losers.

Guest post by Lloyd the Gooner

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  1. Flo

    August 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Who cares he is agone case now its non of our bussiness foward ever backward neve gooner 4rever!

  2. Raj13 Singapore

    August 18, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Good riddance. Of course we the Gunners are the winner. One injury is enough to keep RVP out for 3 seasons and Ferguson boasting of getting him shows the utmost stupidity of Man U management. RVP = Man U RIP

  3. geo

    August 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    The biggest winner was Van Pursie.

  4. ahta

    August 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    arsenal winner because v p is alredy 29 age

  5. gbenga

    August 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    What’s his name couldn’t manage success & he allowed it 2 enter his head believing dat he’s more than d batman we don’t need! Even if he wins a CL wit d devils (which I doubt) wud he feel fulfilled? Henry wud hv given anything 2 win d CL wit us & not wit dat team dat poaches. U will soon feel it boy. Nobody crosses d divide like he did. Its called Sacriledge. Adios, what’s his name again. Somebody?

  6. santosh

    August 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Winner is RVP

  7. thabs

    August 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    The biggest winner is RvP…Manure will pay him his hefty salary whilst he’s nursing injuries for the greater part of his tenure, this was a miscalculation by Sir Alex… if he wanted a quality striker he should have gone for Llorente or Falcao

  8. Iamdi

    August 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Well I just want arsenal to win some silverware first. No winner till silverware.

  9. Sly

    August 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    He’s a traitor.And we don’t need traitors. at the club

  10. Geoffers

    August 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    regardless of age the obvious answer is that United have got the best deal because RVP could be the tipping point to beat City to the title. Arsenal just interested in the money and have forgotten what its like to win things and will be lucky to fininsh in the top 4 this season selling best players and replacing with mediocre

  11. Musa

    August 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Everybody wins except for the comment about the human dimension which I agree with you cannot be matched. However this is an episode in football and in life and I am confident the team will give their chosen leaders Tom-Verm and Mik-Art a lot of support as well as work hard for each other during games. This the missing piece and in my opinion a big part of why arsenal are edged out contention every season. Each Arsenal player need to demonstrate WIT, GRIT and HEART and no team will be to stop them.

  12. mario

    August 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Fatman wins.

  13. Aussiehopper

    August 19, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Who got the best deal? i think all three did, Arsenal got 24 million, RVP got a four year contract and Man United got a top striker to slot in for a period until their surplus of young strikers mature,Young strikers with the potential to be world beaters, to learn from one of the best.
    Good deal MAN U

  14. Samuel

    August 20, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Definately,no player will reject such an offer man utd made to VP no matter how loyal VP was to Arsenal. So gunners let’s hope AW makes better signings like M’vila,Llorente and more. Gunners 4 ever!!

  15. Samuel

    August 20, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Gunners 4 ever

  16. mark

    August 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    he has gone to a better place,united are a far bigger club and far richer in both finance and history,arenal are a fading force,they have become bit players just making up the numbers in the divisions fixture list while clinging onto fading past glories much the same as liverool has,howevet they do make a half decent feeder club for the big teams

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