The Robin van Persie transfer fiasco may finally be on the verge of coming to a close, ending a months-long circus for Arsenal at the Emirates.
According to The Sun, the Gunners are close to shipping the Dutch striker elsewhere:
Arsenal were last night set to cave in and strike a deal with Manchester United for Robin van Persie
They are ready to start serious talks with United boss Alex Ferguson hoping to seal a £22 million move before the weekend’s Premier League opener.
Of course, nobody with the club is too keen on letting go of a man who scored 30 Premier League goals last season, but van Persie's presence with the team would become a huge distraction.
It is better for the team to cut ties with him before the season officially begins rather than have to play the season with him on the roster. Selling him before the transfer window closes would allow the team to move on from the RVP era and start looking forward to bigger and better things in the future.
Fans are already unhappy with him and would likely become even more angry with the star as the season progressed. Arsenal fans are a rabid bunch, and you couldn't possibly blame them for their discontent with their disenchanted star.
Van Persie is one of the best strikers in the world, but he's not worth sacrificing team chemistry. Surely, RVP would have played his remaining games with Arsenal to the best of his abilities, but you have to question whether his teammates would believe he was fully invested.
If this reported deal goes through, this really wouldn't be a catastrophic loss for Arsenal. Van Persie has been injury-prone for most of his career and hadn't lived up to expectations until this year.
Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will do just fine to replace the hole left by van Persie's prospective absence. The two transfer acquisitions are perfectly capable of finding the back of the net and should be able to do so if things go right for Arsene Wenger's club.
At least with this reported deal, Arsenal will be able to make some money out of van Persie's departure and not be left with nothing at the end of his contract. If the club waited to sell van Persie, it would have added insult to injury.
This is obviously an ugly situation, but the sooner it gets straightened out, the better the Gunners will look this upcoming season.