So Robin Van Persie is to leave Arsene and Arsenal behind in favour of becoming a man at Man Utd.
Millions of un-educated, irrational football fans react to the news in much the same way a gorilla would react to a stubbed toe. I actually think it is pretty good business. For both teams.
Man Utd. 3 months after losing the Premier League in the last minute of the season, and being embarrasingly knocked out before the actual knock-out stage of the Champions League, it was time for a change.
Having spent £30m on some Bulgarian guy, who best talents include not celebrating goals, walking whilst everyone else runs and setting new Tetris high-scores whilst spending time on the bench, Fergie needed to man up.
Step up he did. Coughing up £24m. Considering the cost of some unproven players recently (this coming from a Liverpool fan…), RVP is surely worth that money.
Will he make the difference? Who really knows, but with Rooney and RVP pairing up, if you listen carefully you can actually hear a collective sigh from Premier League defenders.
Arsenal. Dry you eyes. Yes, you’ve lost some of your best players in recent years. Cesc and Samir chased titles and salaries elsewhere, and now your best player in a decade has now left in similar circumstances.
That is how Arsenal work. A profitable, youthful football club with morals, strategy… oh, and no trophies.
After you’ve burnt your RVP shirt, and smash a few Gunner coffee mugs, appreciate the business your club’s done. You bought RVP for £2.5m in 2004. You just sold him for 10x that amount. Bare in mind, that if he had stayed another 9 months, you would be waving him off with only a signed DVD and memories to show for it.
Yes, he is great. But was his a one-year wonder. The injury-prone dutchman is almost 30 and has scored as many goals since January 2011 as he did in his 7 years at Arsenal from 2004 to 2010? (48)
You’ve signed two proven goal scorers in Lucas Podolski and Oliver Giroud, for a combined £23m (£11m and £12 respectively). RVP netted 37 times in 48 appearances last season. But your new strike duo netted a combined 43 goals in 74 appearances.
Hell, after that striker-business, you even have £1,000,000 left over?! You could probably buy Andy Carroll and still have cash to replace those broken mugs.
Stop labelling RVP a traitor and understand the business of football. If you were unhappy and offered 220% salary increase to go to a better company, would you really sit there and say “No”?
Didn’t think so. Let’s play football.
*headline credit: Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf.