Wenger had no choice, Vermaelen disappointed, RVP gone.

So it’s happened, Robin van Persie has finally left Arsenal.

After months of speculation, the Dutchman has opted to head up north and join up with Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United, in exchange for £24m altogether.

While we may have lost out best player, that is still a lot of money for someone with a track record like Van Persie who has just turned 29 and spent many a season in the treatment room.

It is a big loss, but Arsene Wenger doesn’t intend to replace the skipper, that job he says has already been done after signing Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

He also admits that he didn’t have any choice and was forced to sell the striker to our rivals.

“He is at Manchester United, unfortunately for us. The transfer was finalised in the afternoon,” said Wenger whilst working for French TV station TF1.

“It’s never great to lose players of that quality but he only had a year contract so we do not have a choice.

“We have already recruited since we bought (Olivier) Giroud and (Lukas) Podolski who originally were intended to offset the departure of van Persie,” he concluded.

The man who is expected to replace Van Persie has also has his say on the matter. Thomas Vermaelen has revealed his disappointment with his former teammate.

“This is a surprise for me. Really a shock, I am very disappointed. I would have liked him to stay at the club, he was very important for us,” said Vermaelen.

“Ultimately it might be a good choice for him. It is what he wanted. I’m confident that we have enough qualities to cover.”

“I am disappointed because I wanted him to stay at the club.

“He was fantastic for us in the last year, scored lots of goals and I am disappointed he is going, but we have to focus on the next season with Arsenal.

“We have to fight and I am confident we have a squad to win something.”

“We start Saturday and this is all clear now, Robin is leaving and we have to move on.”

So, Vermaelen for captain? Let’s hope he isn’t on his way next season then.

Matt Cotton

@FindingCotton

5 Responses to Wenger had no choice, Vermaelen disappointed, RVP gone.

  1. Igbudtgiftuche@yahoo.com August 16, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    There's problem now in arsenal why most RVP leave arsenal now that we needed him must.where were the management with this decision since the end of last season.we fans hoped that with the help of the new two strikers we will fellow others two celiberate victory these season….WELL GOD WILL HELP OUR NOBLE CLUB ARSENAL.Reaching you from Nigerian port harcourt.we are'nt happy with that decision.

  2. joshuaakoja@yahoo.com August 16, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Rvp showed reason why people like fergie released hangreaves cos arsene was stupid enough to be loyal to him despite the call by people for him to be sold b4 last season.why will he be loyal to him for 7yrs and he couldn't be loyal to him for even 1season,that shows the greed in football this days.wenger should pls get a striker into the team to assist giroud cos podolski is more comfortable on the wing.another thing is that they are both left footers.

  3. waribo.mee2010@yahoo.com August 16, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    This confirmed that Arsenal, as a club, really lacked ambition. How can a team sell his best player, even to your harsh rival all in the name of money? How can you compete with them? All Arsenal board members are id*ots. They are only interested in their pockets but not the fans needs. I am only waiting for this shit club (The world feeders club) to sell Alex Song to Barca for me to dump EPL for Liga to support the best club in the world. Don't say it doesn't matter, because it really does. You don't know how much it cost me for Arsenal every week. We all joined the club one day, so we should be expected to dump it one day too when it is not living up to our expectations. Its my choice which I have full right to. I always used Chelsea as a reason/pride to support Arsenal, but now I can no longer. The pride is gone with their recent success in europe. Lets face the truth, ARSENAL DON'T DESERVE ANY EUROPEAN TITLE QUALIFICATION.

  4. Mad Mikey August 16, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Arsenal Football Club Fan first, players come and go. Manager is more important to club then RVP. In Arsene I trust.

  5. wez August 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    @sirmose if u dont wana support the club anymore then fuck off, u support ur club through thick and thin

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