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

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

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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.”

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