It's safe to say that Arsenal has not had the best luck with transfers recently. As many high-profile players exit en masse, many are hurt by players' view of the club as a stepping stone to other things.
Yet this is nothing particularly new to Gunners fans, who have dealt with disappointment and rejection for years and with many of their most beloved icons.
Even when a player does not ostensibly leave for more money somewhere else, it can be difficult to see a player go when he plays well for Arsenal and still puts himself in the shop window to attract suitors.
With the announcement of Robin van Persie's intention to leave and the news of Theo Walcott's contractual reservations, let's take a look at some of the toughest transfer losses in Arsenal history.