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Wenger: We Did Not Have A Choice

Wenger: We Did Not Have A Choice

Arsene Wenger told French TV station TF1 on Wednesday night that he was left with little recourse but to sell his captain and top scorer Robin van Persie to Manchester United. The Arsenal boss remained tight lipped on the precise fee, but indicated that it was in excess of 30m Euros.

"He is at Manchester United, unfortunately for us. The transfer was finalised in the afternoon,' said Wenger.

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

When pressed as to plans for replacing van Persie, Wenger advised, "We have already recruited. Giroud and Podolski were intended to offset the departure of van Persie,'

I would be wary about taking that as gospel, 14 days ago Wenger told the press he didn`t know who Santi Cazorla was and telling everyone you are in the market when you`ve just pocketed £24m wouldn`t be the wisest move. However, the fee we have extracted for van Persie can only be trumpeted as a great piece of business if the money is used to make the team stronger.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Thursday August 16 2012
Time: 8:56AM

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Losing your best player is a great piece of business? Hardly. You may be happy with the fee, but this really hurts Arsenal.
centrelink1
16/08/2012 09:07:00
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I don't think we need another striker (unless we find some 19 year old promising talent who doesn't mind being a squad player for a few years), but we definately need to take that money and spend it. Wenger said that we need to avoid another summer like last year and spend some money on players, we have brought in 3 awesome players, but if we sell Song too we'll probably have made a profit this summer, we should be spending every available penny .... as long as the talent is right.
Rocky7
16/08/2012 09:08:00
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It hurts for now ... but we've lost many players in the past which hurt at the time, yet as time passes by it's clear it was great business. As it stands it's great business, £24M for a 30 year old striker in the last year of his contract. If he goes on to be top scorer and win a bunch of trophies it will hurt a lot more, but that's a big if.
Rocky7
16/08/2012 09:10:00
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Like most things it's always somewhere in the middle, but one might say we did have a choice, in not surrounding top talent like Nasri, Cesc, Van Persie with utter dross over the years. Part of me doesn't blame him, part of me will always think he's a judas **** though.
shewore
16/08/2012 09:11:00
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If I was Arsene I'd give Bendtner the captain's armband ;-)
Bluedub
16/08/2012 09:17:00
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This could mean one of either Bendtner or Chamster stays or we go out with real intent and Llorente. Went to bed very sad last night and woke up really questioning this deal. Not from an Arsenal point of view but from United's. The deal makes ZERO sense. That much money for an aging player in a position they never needed to fill. When United are desperate to strengthen their midfield?? Oh well, I'm glad it's over and we get to move on. I see Chelsea and spud fans creaming themselves over this. They were so desperate to see Arsenal weekend.
Trennon
16/08/2012 09:43:00
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We'll see whether it makes sense at the end of the season won't we? But after this latest episode I will take everything Wenger says with a massive pinch of salt. Its lucky many of us questioning the clubs ambition don't have contracts with the club because I reckon we'd be looking for new jobs right now.
Wyn Mills
16/08/2012 10:19:00
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We may not like it, but we weren't left with a choice but to sell. It's real pity, but then the other way of looking at it is that would Giroud have got enough playing time to really learn his ropes if RvP had stayed? I don't see us changing our system to accommodate two strikers. All said, it does seem very sad that it came to this and that he actually wanted to go to Man Utd because he feels they can win trophies. To a certain extent, I can understand that because we haven't really been a club that can win trophies the last few years.
Gooner_Vin
16/08/2012 10:23:00
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United will be stronger with a player of RVP's quality but not for more than a season or two. We''ll be weaker for losing last season's RvP but then we'd have been weaker anyway in keeping a player who wanted to move on. He wouldn't have been last season's RvP for us as Fabregas, Vieira and others have shown. Wenger's right we didn't have any real choice but players are transient anyway. Our best players are quickly replaced by other best players.
Amos.
16/08/2012 10:27:00
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If Bendtner and Park leave, then we only have 3 main strikers (including Chamakh). Obviously, another striker needs to be added but it looks like Wenger is targetting a 6-8M signing like Mirallas from Olympiakos, rather than a 12m+ signing who would challenge Giroud & Podolski for a starting spot. I would prefer that Bendtner stayed, but it looks like that is not an option anymore. Both Giroud and Podolski will take time to settle in, so it might be another slow start to the season.
prits
16/08/2012 10:29:00
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