Within the minds of the Arsenal fans propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern, the club’s sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012 still grates.
The Dutchman spearheaded the Red Devils’ Premier League title win under Sir Alex Ferguson and all but confirmed the Gunners’ status as a selling club.
So, recent reports surrounding United star Chris Smalling have provided our north London locals with a chance to get some revenge.
The 27-year-old is reportedly falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho who could apparently let him leave Old Trafford this summer.
Now, clearly, he’s in no way comparable to the aforementioned Dutch striker in terms of importance, though he has previously been touted as a potential target for Arsene Wenger.
Let’s not forget, the former Fulham man regularly skippered United under Louis van Gaal, coming on leaps and bounds in recent seasons.
A resolute defender and a regular at international level, the £17m-rated star would be a wonderful addition at the Emirates.
Able to operate in either a three or four man defence, Smalling would bring leadership qualities to an Arsenal side almost entirely bereft of them.
He, along with Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi would form a rather formidable central defensive trio, as well as providing cover for each other in a more typical pairing.
A two-time Premier League winner, Smalling would give Arsene Wenger options across his defensive line, as well as a trophy-winning mentality.
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