Van Persie, Bum deal or Deal of the Season? by Paul N.
When Robin Van Persie secured his move to Man Utd (a ‘dream move’ in his words), many United fans, if not all, thought ‘Steal of the Decade’… I, however, have my doubts & they’re not without reason.
Some of us Arsenal fans, & maybe 1 or 2 pragmatic United fans, are questioning the business smart in the deal i.e. is it smart to buy a 29yr old with a known injury record (see below), with 1yr left on his existing contract, at a cost of ± £65m to Man Utd (24m plus an estimated 41m in salaries over 4yrs), just why did AFC sell the EPL’s best striker? & more importantly WHY did Man Utd take that chance?
In case you lost track of RVP’s injury records, I’ve included them for your consideration. I must also add that, as you read this, reports are surfacing that he had another injury scare in last nights International. A possible “thigh injury”.
Full Injury record from physio’s room:
Sprained Ankle 2004 November 26th
Sprained Ankle 2004 August 27th
Ankle/Foot Injury 2005 December 22nd
Knee Injury 2005 October 17th
Ankle/Foot Injury 2005 February 5th
Ankle/Foot Injury 2006 November 19th
Hip/Thigh Injury 2006 September 14th
Ankle/Foot Injury 2006 February 10th
Thigh Muscle Strain 2007 December 24th
Knee Injury 2007 October 18th
Metatarsal Fracture 2007 January 22nd
Hamstring Injury 2008 October 6th
Ankle/Foot Injury 2008 August 31st
Thigh Muscle Strain 2008 May 2nd
Thigh Muscle Strain 2008 April 4th
Thigh Muscle Strain 2008 January 11th
Sprained Ankle 2009 November 14th
Knee Injury 2009 September 13th
Groin Strain 2009 April 18th
Groin Strain 2009 March 30th
Ankle/Foot Injury 2010 August 28th
Ankle/Foot Injury 2010 June 1st
Ankle/Foot Injury 2011 August 7th
Knee Injury 2011 February 28th
Hamstring Injury 2011 February 22nd
Flu 2011 February 8th
Groin Strain 2012 February 29th
Quite a list hey, that’s a return of about 1½ good season’s out of 7? Shocking anyone? But he did have a stellar season 11/12… (that’s sarcasm guys)
Not too many clubs splurge the cash on players with one year left on
their contracts, the competing thought is ‘we could get him free next season’, so why go big now, you could save a penny or a couple of million…
So why did AFC sell him?
Despite all the rumors’ out there, none of us will really know the truth? But we can all agree, RVP should have kept his decision ‘not to sign’ out of the public domain. Who knows maybe that & the huge £24m offer, made Wenger’s decision to let him go a little easier…
Then, why did Manchester United take the risk??
Did the pressure & desperation to win the title back set off the risky deal? or maybe just a classic case of “Fortune favors the bold” i.e. Fergie’s retiring soon so let’s take one last chance & possibly waste ± 65m.
In conclusion, Is it a ‘Bum Deal’ or ‘Deal of the Season’? Only time will tell…
So my fellow gooners, what do you think? I however, am leaning towards ‘great buy, bad deal’…
Thanks for reading.