August 15th, 2012

Robin van Persie: Once An Adorkable, Now A Red Devil

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The van Persie family is officially headed north for McMansions and WAG inner circles anew. Not totally sure how Arsenal fans are taking the news, but we’re confident they’ll let the Dutch international know when they travel to Old Trafford on 3 November and again when their former captain returns to Emirates Stadium for the first time as a visitor on 27 April. Our guess is it will take some loudly orchestrated boos from the crowd, pushy shovey action on the pitch and team-wide shirtless exchanges after each match before bygones will be bygones.


Now, let’s try erasing the months of this back and forth transfer saga that took years off our lives and the high sheen gloss off our love for RvP as we wave buh-bye.

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46 Responses to “Robin van Persie: Once An Adorkable, Now A Red Devil”

  1. kayla benitez says:

    hes a traitor to arsenal….. clearly moved for the extra money, cheapskate

  2. treguain says:

    in my head (am still punching him) but it was a choice he made and wenger was right to let go,u just can't hold onto someone who doesn't feel like it. atleast we got the money. and ohhhhhh i just hope (i don't mean it) he doesn't get injured

  3. RamseyPublicist says:

    My mom and I are starting to adore him so much when the news came up. She was so gutted and I was so FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!…

    I hate him so much!

    And Song is also out!

    I hate them!

    Aaron, better stay at Arsenal!

  4. RamseyPublicist says:

    Get injured!

    That's the first thing I said after I found out about this news!

  5. German_Girl says:

    This is a tricky one. In an ideal world players would never move to a rival club, but how feasible is this in reality? Players' careers are short and they only have a certain window to fulfil their dreams/ambitions. So is it selfish if they decide to change clubs after a long trophy-less spell or only fair?

    Having said that, I think unless you have been attached to a player yourself, who then decided to change scenery and move to a rival club, I don't think you know what it feels like. Especially if said player has pledged his future toward his old club.

  6. Suzerino says:

    Gutted. Favourite player for since he came to Arsenal. Wish he'd gone abroad. But glad to see the Verminator is the new captain, that would have been my choice too. The King is dead – long live the King.

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  8. Loninha - Brasil says:

    The football world is wonderful!

  9. Anonymous says:

    It gives United real choice going forward. However if he does somehow flop, its really A misfortune.
    No one should blame him, really. What more could he have given to Arsenal. He stayed their for 7 years, with nothing to his name. He's a player with ambition, a player who wants to win trophies, regardless of the way in which he wins it.
    Anywho, as a United fan, thoroughly welcome the HOTTY to Old Trafford. :)

    • anon says:

      “The bottom line is that I want to win trophies with Arsenal, not with anybody else. I know you can win trophies in many countries and in many ways, but I want to do that in our way and in an Arsenal shirt. I’m sure I could win things at another team in another country, but would it feel like our trophy, my trophy? I’m not sure it would. Anything we win here will come from the heart and that’s what I want. It’s my dream and I see no point in speaking about other teams when I have these dreams. I think other people know that about me; I’m just hungry to win with Arsenal and that’s it.”
      — Robin van Persie, February 2011

  10. Carvivlie says:

    I wish he had just moved to another league but to move within the league…. I'm just so disappointed and even though I am a Newcastle fan first, I really hope Arsenal are above Man U at the end of the season…and win some hardware.

  11. Carolina says:

    (((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))) out to the Gunners!!

  12. gon1 says:

    As a Gooner I'm so dissapointed at Rvp, going from Arsenal to Man U and as Captain that's not on the map. But yeah whatever now he's gone so we will live without him. I hope i flops real bad! K

  13. Anna says:

    I'm curious how he will be doing with ManU. Arsenal was build around him. In the Dutch team he isn't playing good and he was benched the whole game yesterday.

  14. Evvo says:

    For me it is not what he has done.
    It is how he has done it.
    He has ruined what could (and should) have made him an AFC legend.
    It is a shame.

    But we Gooners need not worry as we have nice shiny new attacking options :)

    Bye bye RvP, thanks for the last 18 months, numerous injuries, and erm, horse placenta.

    • daria says:

      ditto to that.
      stood by him through the rape allegation & all the many, many, many seasons of injuries… one full fit season & this happens! utterly crushed & disappointed… RVP is RIP to me & glad this whole saga is over.
      looking forward to the season though… c'mon you gunners!

      • Evvo says:

        Lets take some comfort that the chances of him having another as amazing as last are pretty small.

        And lets hope the Gods of football ensure that Giroud nicks the golden boot off him this season! :D

  15. HiL says:

    I'm a United fan as well. and it's really weird!!!
    lets hope he'll bring it!

  16. GlamGooner says:

    Captain"s curse? Two seasons in row now, we loose our captain over the summer… But hey life goes on, bring on Saturday!

  17. IrishBlue says:

    Gaah! I don't really know how I feel about this….I hope he doesn't flop.

  18. Miss XOXO says:

    Bye, bye, bye!

  19. itsmeagain says:

    Shaqueel grew up calling him "Daddy Arsenal"
    Daddy Arsenal

    shame on him, from a Gooner's pov, for betraying Wenger, joining rivals Utd, and giving us ONE good season and switching ships.. Thank you for the cash tho~

  20. Tina says:

    He looks good in red, end of!

  21. Mumtaz says:

    As a Chelsea fan, I surely don't know how Arsenal fans take the news. For those who are sad, be strong please :) )

  22. darkchild says:

    Such bad form. Theirry and Xabi did their moves the right way, which is one reason why everyone falls all over themselves to describe them as class. I agree with Katherine, he can sit on the bench for the next season and watch ManU bring home a trophy, it won't be because of him. He's shown a lack of heart that the Gooners won't forget. And they shouldn't, the boos should only get louder.

  23. Katie Ann says:

    I like that Cesc Fabregas posted "I'm in shock!" on Twitter as this news was breaking, and everyone assumed it was what he was shocked about till a few minutes later when he wrote that he was shocked because he'd lost parchis four times in a row. I was amused.

  24. Jayy says:

    Hate to say it, but this transfer will probably have the same effect as the Torres move, so I'm expecting substantial booing to occur when these two teams clash.
    I personally thought he was heading to Juventus cos most players who have represented a team for a long time usually never go to another club in the same league, i.e. Xabi Alonso and C-Ron.

    • Caro says:

      Arsenal's Daniel Agger should elbow him in the head too, for the full Torres effect.

      Although for that to be truly warranted, he'd have to be a total disrespectful shittalking troll right about… now, giving interviews about what a relief it is to FINALLY be playing for a big club worthy of his talents. And it would have had to happen like 15 minutes before the transfer window closes. And after three weeks before that he gave gushy interviews about how loyal he is to Arsenal.

      All that to say: fuck Fatnando, nobody trolls quite like him.

      PS: Is that ManU's new kit? Oh lord…

      • Utd Girl says:

        Last time I checked, Daniel Agger played for Liverpool…

      • Lola says:

        "And it would have had to happen like 15 minutes before the transfer window closes." You do know Torres handed in his transfer request almost a month before the transfer window closed right? The CLUB only chose to make it known like three days before Jan 31st. And I'd love if you pointed out where Torres said that he was glad to finally play to a club "worthy of his talents" lmao talk about twisting.

    • Lola says:

      In my experience, players like Alonso and Ronaldo who move abroad, do it not precisely out of loyalty to their previous clubs (though it'd be nice if that were the case) but because they've already WON trophies with those teams (the CL and the FA cup in Xabi's case and the EPL -twice I think- and the CL in Ronaldo's case). There'd be no point in going to another team in the same league because they've already won there and would like to prove themselves in other leagues. Players like RVP, Torres and plenty others who've stayed in a club for a few years, proved to be great players and did everything they could to win trophies but failed, are usually the ones who move to clubs within the same league, and often, succeed. I don't think it's due to disloyalty exactly, but ambition and perhaps desperation.

      • Utd Girl says:

        I completely agree with you! I feel for Arsene, but fans can’t blame Robin for wanting to win trophies. Yes, he was their captain but I think Cesc disrespected Arsenal way more than what they think Robin has. I mean I would be extremely bitter if I was the fans too, but life goes on.

        Thank God the season is starting!

      • xoWinnie says:

        good point

      • mar says:

        I agree.

  25. Agnes Wonka says:

    As a Man.Utd fan I like to have such good player in our team, and also he looks very good in red….but…'s so awkward to see him as Red Devil considering he was a Gunner :S

    • Utd Girl says:

      I know! Idk if I like the move to be honest (for now). I mean I am so hopeful he does well and UTD win titles this year considering our last one wasn't so amazing! I was hoping for a defender too, but let's see how the season goes. It can be a very dangerous partnership with him and Wazza so I am looking forward to that.

      • mybabyri says:

        rooney aint shit! there i said it!!!! Look hernandez is better in my opinion don't know why he is on the bench soo much. And am soo sick of hearing people talk about rooney ike he is something GREAT NOO he is not. he just runs around while everybody else in the team does the work he cant even dribble k. then he just happens to be on the bolls way to kick it in or head it in. Like i can do that!!!! its not that hard then people got the nerves to compare him to great football players.ggh ¨ Excuse my rant but now its all out i feel better.

        • Agnes Wonka says:

          Don't insult Wazza that way! He's amazing!
          My comment was that I'm happy that we have such great player like RVP but also I feel sorry for the Gunners. Any supporter wants to suffer the loss of their best player, no matter which team you support.

  26. OhDear says:

    Best of luck to him? Glad Arsenal got some money out of the deal at least.

  27. Ridiculous. As a Juventina, I didn't really want to see him with us as I didn't think he'd fit in, but this is just a stupid, stupid choice. Fine, win trophies, but they'd have won them without you, this move doesn't make a name for yourself.