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Wenger In van Persie Admission

Wenger In van Persie Admission

Arsene Wenger has lifted the lid on some of the preamble leading up to Robin van Persie's summer sale to Manchester United this summer. With one year left on his contract and van Persie publicly criticising the club, there was little recourse but to sell and United were the only club van Persie wanted to go to.

Though some of Wenger's comments around the sale are obvious enough, there are still some rather frank admissions in there for the manager of the team to be uttering publicly.

As detailed by Amy Lawrence in today's Guardian, Wenger starts by cryptically describing the phonecall from Alex Ferguson which set the ball rolling, 'It was a very professional phone call, and there was more than one. I will tell you the rest another day.'

Wenger went on to explain how van Persie has developed into one of the world's most accomplished players, 'What he has is a high level of confidence in his qualities. He knows his game well,' his former manager said.

'He knows how to exploit his qualities and he is more patient than he was five or six years ago. Now he stays up front. You maybe won't see him for 20 minutes. But he knows he will get a chance and use it.

'Before he used to come back into midfield. He uses his killer instinct much better now. He is at the peak of his game, 29 going on 30. He uses all his qualities in a calm and intelligent way.'

However, it was Arsene's answer to the question as to whether watching van Persie succeed at United hurts him that has raised eyebrows, 'But what is painful is to see United so far in front of us,' he said. 'We knew when we sold him to United that would be the case.'

Obvious, maybe, but still a big confession from the manager and one that makes January's thus far plodding approach to the transfer market look even more strange.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Saturday January 12 2013
Time: 10:46AM


Whatever happened to 'i only speak about Arsenal players' ffs I hate all this, just demoralising, cheers Arsene, let's concentrate on January eh?
12/01/2013 10:57:00
Yeah cheers Arsene, want some pepper to spray in our collective eyes or chili sauce to smear round our nether regions whilst your rubbing that salt into our wounds? Open your wallet or just **** off now Arsene seriously, your schtick is tired and well past it's sell by date. Goonerdom has finally snapped, unable to bear this increasingly bewildered man trot out his increasingly tired platitudes any longer. More action less talk, if you aint gonna ***** then get off the pot etc etc etc. If you think this squad is complete and this seasons' results and performances have been acceptable from a threadbare squad being run into the ground then your time at Arsenal in the eyes of many is over old chap. This window is the decider for me, I came to the realisation some years ago that we would not win again under the man but if you sit on your hands, doing nothing again in this window when we are so obviously painfully & precariously understaffed then it'll be au revoir Arsene from this gooner. I'll have seen all I need to, I'll be giving what games remain to friends.
12/01/2013 11:11:00
Rocky7, would you mind putting in a link to the original article? Ta.
12/01/2013 11:12:00
I have kept a studied silence about the transfer of Van persie, that silence hasn't come easy, it's been a function of pain. The pain I feel every time I see him in that shirt, the pains I feel for all the years of believing in him as he nursed one injury after the other, the pains of believing that those who runs the club would do what is right by the fans. I feel betrayed. I begin to understand the pains of a husband or wife, who walks in to find their spouse giving head to another person, and whats more, it's head being given in an incestuous homosexual relationship. It hurts. The sale of Robber Vandal Parriah, has cured me of any illusions I might have had about football, it marks a watershed moment in my life as a man and as a football supporter, I can never forget this, and regardless of what success Arsenal may go on to achieve in future, I will never support a player again. They are chattels to be traded, and they are workers much like any other. They may be hired and fired, and they may resign whenever they believe a better deal is to be had somewhere else. Before the PC brigade would presume to tell me what to think or say, bugger off! I am not a legrove adherent, I rarely join in their madness, but I sincerely believe the management of the club has let us the fans down, and they have done so very badly. A failure to qualify for the champion's league should see Wenger sacked, and the American chased out of town. A once great club has been reduced to ruins. Pls, do save your lectures for the marines!
12/01/2013 11:21:00
Are you saying it's your dad or brother giving the judas a blowie Dele? that's some pretty fecked up shizzle if so.
12/01/2013 11:33:00
Can you keep your Viyyash bloke on a leash. He spends more time on our sight talking about our players.
12/01/2013 11:37:00
I'm not sure what issue anyone could take with this. He was simply answering a question that was put to him. There's nothing that wasn't known already or that should cause any controversy.
12/01/2013 11:41:00
Easy Nik! Thought that was your sister and ya wife?
12/01/2013 11:42:00
@ Rocky7 - found the Amy Lawrence article now! @ deledudu, we had no choice about RvP. Save the anger for him.
12/01/2013 11:44:00
Lol "deploy Amosbot"
12/01/2013 11:54:00
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