Focus on Van Persie

Van Persie leaves Arsenal at crossroads

July 5, 2012
By Richard Jolly
For Arsenal, this is 2005, 2007 and 2011. It is wearily, depressingly, predictably familiar. For Arsene Wenger, the man who converted the insular English to become Francophiles, it is deja vu all over again. It is the sound of his captain declaring that the adulation of all at Arsenal is no longer enough. It is time for him to move on.

And yet it is worse than before. Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry began to wane soon after leaving North London; Arsenal actually sold at the right time. ...

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