There are most likely hundreds of RVP articles on blogs at this very moment in time and there will be many more over the next few days so I apologise for giving you yet another however I doubt this will be read by many. Some of my fellow bloggers will blame the club and profess their continued love for Robin whilst others will blame him and declare it as greed.
We’ve all known deep down inside that this was going to happen but I must admit I didn’t expect it to cut so deeply.
After Cesc I believed that I was prepared. After our strong summer signings I believed that I would brush off Van Persie leaving when it eventually came around.
I was wrong.
I foolishly allowed myself to believe that Robin loved the club and have tried to rationalise potential moves but I cannot rationalise our captain and talisman leaving for Manchester United.
I do feel betrayed and I do feel let down.
A true friend stabs you in the front.
― Oscar Wilde
I lost all respect for Robin when he released that statement in July but I held on to the words he spoke many times about always being a Gooner. Saying you will always be a Gooner and then joining United is like saying you’ll never be a racist and then donating money to the BNP. Okay maybe that’s a little melodramatic but it’s bloody close!
Yet each man kills the thing he loves
By each let this be heard
Some do it with a bitter look
Some with a flattering word
The coward does it with a kiss
The brave man with a sword.
― Oscar Wilde
However…. underneath that disappointment and feeling of betrayal there is a simmering hope and innate sense of relief.
We will start the season with a fully committed squad for once (I’m not so sure the Song rumours are true) and as I have said many times and as my good friend Dave Seager of 1nildown2oneup blogged so succinctly about in May, I believe that we start this season stronger as we are a team again.
Much was made of our performances in preseason in Asia and I said at the time that preseason is the time to make mistakes and that the team will improve. I will not proclaim our game against Köln to be a barometer for how this season will fare compared to last as it was also a preseason game however I will say that if you consider how great our movement was and how in tune our new signings were and remember it was a preseason game and that we can only improve as the season develops then I think you’ll agree it’s fair to say “Robin who?”.
We have sufficiently replaced Robin already and any new striker that comes in will be a bonus. We are no longer reliant on a single goal threat and without a vessel through whom all play is channeled we are more dangerous as we are less easily nullified.
Arsenal may not have agreed the sort of financial deal that I was hoping we’d get for Robin but it’s pretty darned good for a player with his appearance record and at the age he is.
It would be foolish of me to suggest that Robin has had “one good season” and that he is unlikely to do it again however age, injury record and history are not in his favour and there are no guarantees that he will gel with his new teammates or forge new near-telepathic connections with United players the way he did with Theo and Song.
We may be losing one great player but that does not mean United are gaining a great player.
I’d like to say “Thanks for the memories Robin” but he will always be remembered for the wrong reasons and will be reviled by those who once adored him.
So long Robin, I do not wish you well and I am quite happy in my vindictiveness when I say I hope to see you trophy-less in May and deeply regretting your decision to leave the new champions when you had a chance to make history and I hope to count Arsenal lucky to have sold when they did. Your value will never be higher yet your stock will never be lower.
Here’s to the future and double figures for #PodGOALski and Giroud who score when they want.
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