I am an Arsenal fan but as people close to me know i am not an Arsene Wenger fan.
Yet, the decision to sell RVP finds me in complete agreement. It seems that AW has learned his lesson after the Fabregas-Nasri fiasco last year when he stubbornly held on to the two players until the last few days of the tranfer season. Their inevitable departure and the panic, last minute buys left us in shambles and only RVPs sensational season kept us in the Champions League positions.
RVP is 29 years old and prone to injury. He has had one great season in all his Arsenal years. The rest were mere half seasons. He should never have been a striker for a team to rely on. I would have preferred that he was sold to a league outside the premiership, but that’s the Arsenal fan in me talking. In my opinion MUFC have paid way too much for him and we got the better end of the deal. It does not change our ambitions which unfortunately is simply to qualify for CL next season.
At least the whole deal shows that Wenger has finally learned from some of his mistakes.
However, what bothers me is this.
After we stuck with RVP all those years when he was injured i expected him to show more gratitude and loyalty to his club and manager. I know football now is a completely professional sport but these things still matter to people. I don’t think RVP left because of a higher salary. That was an extra. A bonus. He joined MUFC because of his desire to win trophies. He joined MUFC because he believes SAF is more capable of doing it than AW.
For all the Arsenal fans’ boasts that AW is building teams for the future and developing talent, it seems that he shows no loyalty to players (see our contract policy for 30yr olds and our treatment of Eduardo) and inspires none from his players. After Bergamp’s retirement I can no longer see a Del Piero, a Scholes, a Giggs, an Inzaghi finishing a career at Arsenal. Not with AW at the helm.
People criticise RVP for leaving and showing no loyalty to the club. That all he cares about is money. People should wake up and realise that Arsenal Football Club is the most capitalistically run club in the world at the moment. It’s all about profit and loss and balance sheets. By simply handing over captaincy to the next player will not change this reality.