Warning – Even though you know better, what you’re about to read will probably result in you screaming, “Well, why the fuck did we sell him then?”
Arsene Wenger admits that it pains him to see Robin van Persie doing so well at Manchester United but that he’s not surprised the Dutchman has fired Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to the top of the table.
Speaking with a reverential tone, which really our former captain doesn’t deserve, the boss also lamented the huge points gap between Arsenal and United.
“I don’t need anyone to tell me how good he is,” the boss said yesterday ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester City.
“We knew when we sold him to United that that would be the case. He is one of the best strikers in the world, so you know he will score goals for them. He scored 30 for us last year.
“At almost 30 he is at the peak of his game. Now he uses all his qualities in a calm and intelligent. He has a high level of confidence in his qualities.
“He is more patient than he was five or six years ago. He stays up front, and you won’t see him for maybe 20 minutes. Before he used to come back into midfield, but he uses his killer instinct much better now.
“What is painful is to see Manchester United so far in front of us.”
There’s no doubting the fact that Van Persie is the best striker in the division right now and that the daggers currently nestled between our collective shoulder blades consequently feel that much more painful. Perhaps sadder is that even had Van Persie stayed we’d probably still be off the pace in the race for the title this year.
Anyway, happy Saturday morning.6,872 views