Search

Former Gunner: RVP departure will cost Arsenal top-four spot

PUBLISHED: 11:32 03 December 2012

Manchester United's Robin van Persie scores against West Ham United. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manchester United's Robin van Persie scores against West Ham United. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

PA Wire

Former Arsenal favourite Frank McLintock believes that the Gunners’ failure to keep Robin van Persie in the summer will cost them their top four spot.

The Dutchman scored 30 Premier League goals to keep the north Londoners in third place but was sold to Manchester United during the transfer window.

“Last year Robin van Persie single-handedly keep Arsenal in the top four,” he told talkSPORT. “I thought we were heading for fifth or sixth position [without him].

“You could see then it was just papering over the cracks though. We needed big reinforcements for this year.

“Van Persie and Arsenal must have had a conversation about that and that’s why he left, Arsenal weren’t thinking along the same lines as he was.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Islington Sports News

48 minutes ago

Arsene Wenger taunted London rivals Chelsea by dismissing transfer speculation on Alexis Sanchez’s future as he prepares his Arsenal side for Sunday’s crunch game against Manchester City at the Emirates.

Yesterday, 14:30

International looks ahead to rest of the season and insists focus is on the Gunners and nothing else

Tue, 10:14

Three Islington judoka from the Sobell Judo Club travelled to Thessaloniki, Greece with the JFAUK National Judo Team to take part in the 2017 Miyazaki International Cup.

Tue, 09:35

As I was putting together a round-up of how the Arsenal men, and teens, got on during the international break it suddenly struck me. Apart from a few minutes of England v Lithuania snatched during Mothers Day – to keep tabs on The Ox more than anything – I hadn’t actually watched any games.

Tue, 06:00

Islington Panthers U18s successful season continued as they reached the second round of the U18 play-offs.

Mon, 16:41

Islington Boxing Club had another busy wekeend for its boxers.

Mon, 15:00

Olympian will fight again on April 15 after KO win in first fight

Mon, 12:21

Boxers from Islington Boxing Club started their journey to be crowned London Boxing Elite Champion with the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now