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.