This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
It was a real kick in the teeth for loads of Arsenal fans when their star man Robin Van Persie was sold to bitter rivals Manchester United for £27.63 million back on the 17th August 2012, despite yielding a profit nearly seven times as much as the £4.05 million the north London club paid for him just over eight years prior.
Indeed, Arsene Wenger was looking for fresh blood up front after the Gunners’ invincible season in the Premier League, and he turned to a young Dutchman who had impressed in his native league. Van Persie scored six goals and made six assists in 28 appearances for Feyenoord in the Eredivisie, according to Transfermarkt.
Upon his arrival, Wenger described him as ‘a great young talent and a fantastic signing,’ adding that ‘he has a great left foot and is a great passer with excellent vision,’ as per the BBC.
Van Persie played in 41 games in all competitions in his debut season under the 70-year old, netting 10 times and making one assist (via Transfermarkt).
By the end of the campaign, his market value had risen to £6.53 million, more than the fee paid for him already. In AFC’s first term at the Emirates Stadium, the 36-year old scored 13 goals and provided six assists in 31 matches in all competitions (per the website).
By the end of the 2006/07 season, Van Persie’s market value rose again to £13.5 million. However, he seemed to save his best campaign till last. In a term crucially free of injury, the captain put away 37 strikes and made 14 assists in 48 appearances in all competitions, according to Transfermarkt.
In the end, the former Dutch international joined United and helped them win Sir Alex Ferguson’s last Premier League title by playing in every match, scoring 26 goals and making 15 assists, as per Transfermarkt.
Do you remember Van Persie negatively because of the move?
Due to this, his market value at the time and the fact that he was sold to a rival, Van Persie was sold too cheaply and Arsenal made a huge mistake in allowing his contract to run down.
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