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Van Persie to win the league at The Emirates?

Apr 16, 2013, 8:05 AM EDT

Manchester United's van Persie celebrates his goal against Stoke City during their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent

Much to the horror of many Arsenal fans, they have just realised that there is every chance Manchester United will clinch their 13th Premier League title at The Emirates when the two sides play each other on Sunday 28th April.

Assuming United and Manchester City both win all their league games leading up to the game, United will have a 12 point lead over their rivals with four games remaining, meaning a draw would be enough to add yet another trophy to their ever-growing collection.

While the thought of United winning their title on their home turf is bad enough for Arsenal fans- Arsenal did the same to United in 2002- the fact that former hero Robin Van Persie would win it in front of his former fans is almost too much to take for some. All it will do is highlight how far Arsene Wenger’s have slipped behind United over the last few years, and why the Dutchman was right to move to a more successful club.

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Van Persie left Arsenal to join Sir Alex Ferguson’s side last summer, after eight awesome years at the club, and it looks to have been the correct decision. He has scored 20 league goals in a terrific first season, and inspired the side to many wins early on in the campaign.

The 29-year-old is sure to get an aggressive reception when he returns to The Emirates, but he won’t care one bit if he’s celebrating a league title at the end of the game.

It will be interesting to see how he responds to the Arsenal fans if that does happen. It could go one way or the other.

  1. dfstell - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Haha….Let’s hope. Arsenal is the most fun club to tweak. I know it isn’t ALL of their fans, but the constant jabber about how they “play beautiful soccer” and how they act like they’re the only club in England that develops young players is really annoying.

  2. goonah4life - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Eight awesome years at the club? Better check your stats Henry.

    In his first six seasons at Arsenal the Dutch Skunk was never healthy enough to have an impact. He only started more than 17 Premier League games once and only scored double digit goals twice with a whopping 11 in two different seasons. Pretty far from awesome.

    Any other manager would have written the injury-prone striker off and shipped him out but Arsene Wenger is a genius and kept working with him and building him up. And it paid off. In 2010/11 he missed the first half of the season but started the last 19 games, bagging 18 goals. Then the following season he showed what a force he could be when healthy, starting 37 EPL matches and bagging a league-leading 30 goals.

    And how did he repay Arsene for sticking with him through all those injury-prone wasted worthless seasons? He forced a move to Wenger’s nemesis Fergie and Manchester United! That’s the correct decision? That’s how you repay the faith your manager had in you when so many others would have cast you aside? If he wanted out fine, go to Juventus or Real Madrid. Leaving for Old Trafford is evil Benedict Arnold traitor stuff and is why Arsenal fans now LOATHE the Dutch Skunk. It is why he will be booed mercilessly at Emirates upon his return, and deservedly so.

    Van Persie is a coward and a traitor, Wenger is a genius, and if the other guy commenting here doesn’t like Arsenal you must be one of those Stoke fans who think your team play pretty football. I don’t see Chelsea or Man City bringing in 17 year olds for cut rate fees and developing their talent, instead they splash out 50M a pop for past their prime players like Fernando Torres and Gareth Barry. Is that really what should be applauded?

  3. jpp9 - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    i hope they won’t be no honor guard for Man united at the emirates

  4. Henry Jackson - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    He may have been injury prone but he produced some superb moments over the years for Arsenal. He did make the correct decision in that he went to a club who would guarantee trophies. One season in and he’s got a Premier League winners medal. I totally agree with you that he should’ve shown loyalty to Wenger but sadly loyalty is dead in soccer nowadays. Did you just expect a 29-year-old with a history of injuries to just stay at Arsenal and risk not winning trophies for the rest of his year? It’s a ruthless business.

    I appreciate your feedback but I just disagree with certain things you’re saying. That’s the beauty of soccer: opinions.

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