Arsenal FC: Forming the Gunners' Starting XI Without Robin Van Persie

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Arsenal FC: Forming the Gunners' Starting XI Without Robin Van Persie
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It's amazing how a few words from a single man can defile the emotions of so many people. In this case, the man is Robin van Persie, and the people are all wearing red.

Van Persie's decision to leave the Emirates has stunned many people, devastated many, but at the same time, it has opened a small window of hope in the hearts of Manchester City, Juventus and Barcelona fans.

But if Arsenal can't move on from the hangover of Van Persie's loss, it's highly unlikely that they can finish in the top four next year.

They have already prepared for his departure with the signings of German Lukas Podolski and Frenchman Olivier Giroud.

So using only players whom Arsenal still have (no rumored summer signings included), I will create my ideal starting XI in a 4-1-2-3 formation.

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