Posted November 03, 2012 on AP on Fox
Two minutes, 34 seconds. That's all it took for Robin van Persie to score in his first match against Arsenal and, in doing so, prove how ridiculous it is to imagine that his former team somehow struck a canny deal in selling him. Arsenal is said to have got 24 million pounds ($38 million) from Manchester United for its former captain this August. At the time, it seemed like potentially good business for the London club, given Van Persie's age, 29, and history of injury that meant only the last of his eight seasons at Arsenal was truly superlative. But now, all that money looks like fool's gold, certainly not enough to compensate for Arsenal's loss. Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Alex Song, Van Persie - the list of former Arsenal players sold off to teams that can deliver trophies, which Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hasn't done since 2005, has grown so long that it now reads like a guilty verdict. Guilty, your honor, of arrogantly believing that it...
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