Searching for loyalty in football nowadays is like looking for Penguins in a rocky desert. ai???Allegianceai??i?? is a word used in short-team context, as it changes like dresses of super-models on a ramp. The love for the game of football in its entirety ai??i?? which involved the club, the fans, the allegiance, the manager, the players, and the history ai??i?? has ceased to exist. A football club is now a mere employer, run with a shrewd business model to attain maximum profit. Players are just employees ai??i?? they play for the club, collect their salary and go home. If they are discontented over the less salary which they dutifully term as ai???lack of ambitionai??i??, they leave the club for supposedly greener pastures.

The latest of the lot to tread the dark path is Arsenalai??i??s captain from last season – Robin van Persie. A self-proclaimed Gooner with a ai???culturedai??i?? background who showcased his polished demeanor even off the pitch, van Persie was a man to ai???look up toai??i?? for any Arsenal fan. He had often stated that he always wanted to win trophies with Arsenal, and not with any other club. Finally, the devil (read ai??i?? Agent) triumphed over the assured and calm van Persie, and made him do whatever he did.

A preposterous statement later, he made his position untenable at the club ai??i?? wherein he had no choice but to move forward. Never ever did he envisage a possibility of jumping ship to the biggest rival Arsenal had in the Premier League era; however, it happened. Robin van Persie became the first Arsenal player under Arsene Wenger to ai???transfer himselfai??i?? to Manchester United, a hefty 24 Million transfer fee being the only consolation for the club and the fans.

From a puristai??i??s perspective, if you have played for the club for eight years and honored the famed Red and White with your blood and sweat, you tend to get attached to the club. Or so one would assume! Apparently, that was not the case with the Dutchman, who was prolific for the Gunners in the last one and a half years, scoring goals at will ai??i?? ai???whenever he wantedai??i??. The ugly-faced egotistic gate-keeper of doom opened the gates to a much beautiful world which flashed 200,000 Pounds a week, including the time the Dutchman would sleep peacefully at night. Van Persie embraced the opportunity to pair with English striker Wayne Rooney, the thought of which would give goose-pimples to Manchester United supporters as Gooners would cringe in disgust and disappointment.

Has the dark path been traded before? Well, yes! Almost all hardcore Gooners world over will be aware of the former Arsenal manager George Graham. The Scot was a prolific player for the Gunners as he played six years of attacking midfield at the Highbury before crossing border to Manchester United in December, 1972. In fact, Graham was bought to Arsenal from Chelsea as Bertie Mee paid for his services to the West London club in 1966. Ironically, Graham played two years at United as the club got relegated to Division-2.

.Republic of Ireland International Frank Stapleton is probably one of the most bizarre examples of treachery ai??i?? although that would be harsh words for those days when Arsenal and Manchester United didnai??i??t really share the same intense level of rivalry like they did in the late 90s. Stapleton played almost the same number of games for both clubs, helping both win FA Cups during his time at the respective clubs. A fantastic tough-tackling forward, Stapleton joined Arsenal when he was overlooked by Manchester United in 1974. Seven years later, he altered his allegiance to Manchester United and went on to score crucial goals for the club, helping them win the FA Cups in 83ai??i?? and 85ai??i??.

Many fans across the border will remember that Sir Alex Fergusonai??i??s first signing was a player from Arsenal ai??i?? Vivian Alexander Anderson. Viv played in defense for Arsenal in the mid-80s which culminated in some success in 1987, when the Gunners won the League Cup Final against Liverpool. Much to the dismay of Arsenal fans, who werenai??i??t too pleased with George Grahamai??i??s decision, Anderson switched loyalties to Manchester United that same year. Though Viv played first-choice Right Back for United over the years, he was left in the dark in the last season, as he finally packed his bags to leave the club.

Players like Bryan Kidd and even one Mikael Silvestre have played for Manchester United followed by their stints at Arsenal, but this one, wherein the club captain has deserted his ship and jumped to his rivalai??i??s territorial army is perhaps the most unendurable episode for Gooners in modern era, who have loved the player over the years despite his inadequacy in the fitness department. This is a scar beyond refurbish, a permanent taint in Arsenal history ai??i?? an example set in the pages of Arsenalai??i??s ai???What Not to Do as an Arsenal Player?ai??i?? year-book.

van PersieThough Arsenal are well replenished this season with fantastic new signings and renewed team spirit, there is a repugnant odor in the form of a captain altering loyalty that cannot be masked by words like ai???at least he fetched us 24 Million Pounds!ai??i??. Van Persie has left such a sour taste in the mouth of Gooners, that even Samir Nasri can be ignored and forgotten for what he did a year back. In fact, the Red Devils, howmuchever they cherish the new signing; have absolutely no regards for the Dutchman for pulling off such a deceitful act.

At the end of the day, one curses, one gets disenchanted, one shakes his head, but most importantly, one moves on. Van Persies will come, van Persies will go! Arsenal Football Club will go on to newer levels led by a manager who turns raw materials to gems but van Persie will just remain as a forgotten chapter in Arsenalai??i??s folklore.

As Roger Waters pens itai??i??

ai???Where has the feeling gone?
Will I remember the songs?
The Show must go on!ai???

Ai??****

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9 Responses to “Robin van Persie Treads The Dark Path – Changes Allegiance From Arsenal To Manchester United”

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  1. Rakshit says:

    if your saying rvp does not have loyalty then how come arsenal f.c has gone on to buy a player like podolski who has been with cologne since he was just another kid? so whoever leaves you is a traitor and whoever comes to you is a phenomenal player is it?

    • shankar says:

      no arsenal fans call fabregas or henry as traitors….only the players like nasri or van persie gets that name who move out of club just for money or other stupid reasons

      • Joe says:

        LOL! Nasri didn’t move out of the club for “stupid reasons”, he left to win trophies and wait…. HE DID!

        Similarly, RVP left to win trophies!! That’s the point of playing football professionally, innit?!

    • chriatine juillet says:

      leaving a team that have been relegated and leaving a team for an arch rival is slightly different though Obviously everyone who is ‘bought’ has left somewhere else.RVP was just upsetting for fans as he was both captain and had taken him so many years at Arsenal’s expense to reach the heights he has reached. However reality is that life with footballers these days there is little loyalty-wish they would at least bring in salary caps.

  2. John says:

    Dimwit he’s lack of loyalty is not because he left Arsenal but that he went to a direct rival and strengthen their squad. If you don’t understand that then bugger off! Maybe you would still love Rooney if he moved to City or Chelsea. Might want to recall what united fans said and the threats at Tevez when he left to City!

  3. joseph philip says:

    there is nothin we [email protected] we say here [email protected] can change dis move so its a blessing to man united

  4. Shane Abagnale says:

    Players are all humans just like us. Ask ourselves how loyal we are to anything in our life. Beyond a point, no one can put such great emotions more important than money and having a job where we r comfortable at. Will u watch the match of ur favourite club by avoiding an important meeting at ur office knowing that it will get u fired?
    They are human beings just like us. Dont expect too much from them, if we are not capable of being ‘loyal’ in true spirit.

  5. CALGooner says:

    “Arsenal Football Club will go on to newer levels led by a manager who turns raw materials to gems but van Persie will just remain as a forgotten chapter in Arsenal’s folklore.”

    Correction

    Arsenal Football Club will slide down to newer levels led by a manager who can’t turn raw materials to gems anymore. Van Persie will just remain a pain like a gaping gut-wound as long as Arsenal don’t climb back to top tier football again.