Search

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

11:32 03 December 2012

Manchester United

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.

Support your community by viewing your local businesses

Please wait

You will be able to read the article in 5 seconds

Thank you for supporting your local community

You may now read the article

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 Sport Stories

07:25
Jordan Nobbs of Arsenal Ladies scores against Everton. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Jordan Nobbs is relishing the opportunity to link up with new signing Lianne Sanderson when Arsenal head to Japan for the International Women’s Club Championship.

Yesterday, 12:14
Charlie Rice (right) in action against Pavel Senkovs. Pic: Philip Sharkey/TGSPHOTO

Islington light-welterweight Charlie Rice says he has rediscovered his love of boxing as he prepares to end a 10-month exile from the ring on Friday night.

Wed, 22:48
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the UEFA Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund.

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must go all out for victory in their final Champions League group match despite already clinching qualification for the last 16.

Wed, 21:38
Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo scores his side's first goal against Borussia Dortmund

Yaya Sanogo grabbed his first competitive goal for Arsenal as they sealed their place in the Champions League knockout phase for the 12th year running with a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Most read sport

The technology used on the Rosetta mission lander Philae is being used again – this time under water.

Twitter sat back and watched as the world went bargain-hunting crazy on Black Friday.

There was definitely something buzzing at JCB when he delivered his immigration speech.

What would you do in order to get a discounted TV?

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition