Contrary to the fans’ wishes, it would appear that Arsenal is prepared to off-load Robin Van Persie to arch rival Manchester United. Reports from UK newspapers are saying that there talks between the two clubs are in advance stages and should be completed before the weekend. The transfer will be somewhere in between the opening bid of £15 million and the club’s valuation of £30 million.
Frankly, this whole episode does not make any sense from both a business and footballing perspective. RVP is definitely not indispensable to the team but to sell him to your competitor is just totally bonkers. If you look at it from a business point of view, it is very short-sighted of the club to do transaction. Our revenue comes not only from ticket sales but a whole chunk of it from broadcasting and tournament fees. The most lucrative of them all is the Champions League. We have always made it to the competition which is why we have done so well but the fight for places is getting harder. As the Guardian puts it, the wheels are potential coming off Manchester United and it is likely that they will find it hard to make it this year. By giving them Robin Van Persie, it automatically increases their chances of making it at the expense of the chasing pack which Arsenal is part of. Therefore, we may get £20 million now but potential lose out much more in revenue should we not make the Champions League.
From a footballing perspective, selling RVP to United just makes them stronger when there is the possibility of Sir Alex’s team going on the downtrend. If we want to challenge for trophys, it would only make sense to make your competitors weaker not stronger, and by default it makes everyone including us weaker.
Therefore, not matter how you cut it; there is no good reason for selling Robin Van Persie to Manchester United.