Alisher Usmanov, the second majority stake holder in Arsenal behind Stan Kroenke, has admitted that it was a mistake to let Robin van Persie join Manchester United from Arsenal in the summer.
Robin van Persie joining Manchester United from Arsenal still hasn’t sunk in really. It’s the football transfer equivalent of admiring your friends wife for years only for her to then turn up on your doorstep in love with you after listening to the little girl inside of her.
Since his arrival, Manchester United have not stopped scoring. 43 goals in 17 games in the league alone and Robin van Persie has netted 12 himself, with Arsenal languishing 15 points behind already.
Arsenal have struggled to be clinical in van Persie’s absence. Speaking to CNBC in America, Usmanov said: “This decision [losing Van Persie] was a mistake.
“If I am one of Wenger’s I would want to stay for the finish, but he explained Robin wanted to go to win trophies.”
Our attack is looking as strong, if not stronger, than the double winning strike force in 2008 of Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo and Berbatov. The spearhead of van Persie backed up by the world class Rooney with Hernandez and Welbeck waiting in the wings for any opportunity – it’s a lethal foursome on paper and in reality.
At £24 million, eyebrows were raised whether it was a fair price for a 29-year-old injury prone striker with only one year left on his contract. Those doubts have been well and truly put to bed and it isn’t even January. Arsenal’s loss is Manchester United’s gain.