Morning, Earthlings and dejected, morose Gooners of the world.
Now that the hullabaloo has settled somewhat, now the the diatribes have all been written, read and dispatched about the Goonerverse, I find myself unable to be angry. Some are angry at the club for showing a lack of ambition, some are furious with Robin for the manner in which he has released his statement. I don’t doubt there’s a case for both being valid, but, to be perfectly honest with you; I’m not angry becasue I was resigned to this happening some time ago. I may have chosen not to articulate it, but buried deep down, it was always there.
I don’t see any Rooney-esque U-turns on the horizon. All I see is another valuable player leaving Arsenal during a summer we swore to do everything we could to keep them. The question isn’t whether he goes anymore. The question that’s pertinent is what we do now that he is.
Firstly, and for the sake of my sanity; please don’t allow him to go to Manchester City. I’m not sure I could stomach that. Seeing him skip around in a sky-blue shirt is enough to make me want to drop-kick kittens, or unleash a vicious assault on the cutest of teddy bears – not Big Ted, though. He’s fucking furious with Robin…
Cashing in on him now makes the greatest sense, but that might prove difficult given the position his statement has left the club in. Now any potential suitors of his services will know we are left little choice but to sell, and the price will drop drastically. I’d like to think that wasn’t the reason for him breaking the silence agreed between him, Gazidis and Wenger – a move Arsenal reportedly knew nothing about. If it was, then he’d certainly drop a few levels in my opinion.
At this stage, I just want to see him go. I’m not going to trash him as others have, but I’m not singing his praises either. Vieira, Pires, Henry and Bergkamp all left Arsenal as legends. Robin van Persie will not.
As for what’s next; well, I hope the club reinvest, or at least do something of note. There will be a lot of supporter dissatisfaction to contend with. Losing your star player and captain is bad enough, having it happen twice in a row is appalling. Arsenal made numerous mistakes when Fabregas left and suffered greatly because of it. We can not, and must not allow those same mistakes to be repeated. I’m very pleased we have already secured both Giroud and Podolski, but I feel they may not be enough. Another attacking midfielder would be a very nice addition. It might even be time to put down a marker and show some real intent. Arsenal, the ball is in your court, dont let us down this time.
To sum things up; Robin is going to leave, and he’ll leave under a cloud of shit instead of a blaze of glory. The fans are right to expect more from him as the club captain, and I’m as disappointed and annoyed as the rest of you. But it’s done, and he should be forgotten. Let’s move on. Don’t blame Arsene Wenger. He’s the one showing the loyalty we all crave from the players, and he’s the one who stays to pick up the pieces.
We are Arsenal. We are the fans. We remain through thick and thin.
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