Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that he wanted to sell Robin van Persie to any club on the continent and that his strikers have got a huge void to fill in the coming season.
Wenger claims that financially it has been a good deal, keeping in consideration of the money Arsenal received for a player who has less than a year left in his contract.
But, he also admits that it’s “really sad” to lose a quality player like him, especially someone who has been in the club for eight long years.
‘To strengthen an enemy is the other negative point of this loss,” Wenger said while speaking to the reporters. “We wanted to avoid it but we couldn`t. Honestly, I`d rather sell him abroad, to Paris Saint-Germain for example.
“Manchester United know him and know his qualities. He`s really an exceptional player, believe me.”
“When you can`t succeed in extending the contract of a player that is in its last year, there is no other way but to let him go. It`s sad because he played for us for eight years. He`s 29 now. He was 21 when he came and it`s another bitter pill to swallow.
“A lot has happened before and we survived it all, but this is a real challenge because Van Persie scored 30 (Premier League) goals in a year, almost one per game. It`s a tough challenge for our new forwards to replace him.”
“The economic part of it is the only satisfaction. But money doesn`t go out on the field and play, players do,” the Frenchman added.
“It will give more chance to Giroud. When Van Persie is here, his name is the first on the team-sheet and the others follow. So there`s a void to fill.”
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