The captain’s armband at Arsenal is fast turning into the golden ticket to a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
A year after Cesc Fabregas stuck a dagger into all Gunners hearts, Robin Van Persie has now decided to jump ship and join fierce rivals Manchester United for £24 Million pounds. Anyone studying Premier League bets will tell you what significance this could have.
Die-hard Gunners have now probably started a sweepstake amongst themselves as to where newly appointed skipper Thomas Vermaelan will end up come summer 2013.
Van Persie’s departure will no doubt leave a sour taste in the mouth of Arsenal supporters, not just because he has signed for Manchester United but also because last season was the first season in which the Dutchman had managed to stay fit for a full season and score the amount of goals his potential has always warranted.
His departure is untimely but Arsene Wenger is not stupid and you cannot really knock Arsenal for the way they enforce their transfer policy. That said it is not really helping them win trophies – seven years and counting since the last.
Wenger is a shrewd businessman when it comes to signing players and I firmly believe the arrivals of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will prove to be adequate replacements for the Flying Dutchman.
Pundits over at BetVictor note how this past weekend saw another of Arsene Wenger’s main driving forces depart The Emirates when Alex Song joined Barcelona.
Song’s somewhat surprising transfer may not be as big a loss as Van Persie’s but does leave Arsenal crying out for a genuine holding midfielder of real world class quality. Something which you could say has been a major factor for the clubs lack of success in recent years.
Song has been much improved in recent seasons and will surely leave a gaping hole in the Arsenal midfield this season – you half expect Wenger to spend some of the accumulated fees on a player in the Song mould.
No one can ever knock the way Arsenal play football, if there was one team in the Premier League I would pay to watch it would be the Gunners, but harsh reality is that seven years without a trophy is simply not good enough for a club of the Gunners size and that quite simply is something which Wenger has to rectify – and fast!