Why Van Persie Sale Is Proving to Be a Short-Term and Long-Term Win for Arsenal

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Why Van Persie Sale Is Proving to Be a Short-Term and Long-Term Win for Arsenal
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Robin van Persie left Arsenal this summer under somewhat acrimonious circumstances, transferring to Manchester United for around £22 million.

It was a transfer which sparked debate amongst Arsenal and general football fans, with some citing Arsenal had yet again failed to match the ambitions of their top players—the latest of a series which had seen the likes of Kolo Toure, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Emanuel Adebayor all move on.

van Persie scored 96 league goals for Arsenal in close to 200 league games; his best season in terms of scoring coming in his final campaign at the Emirates where he hit 30 goals.

But have Arsenal come out of the ordeal—again—doing not too badly at all?

Here's a look at how the Gunners might be benefiting both in the short term and the long term from the Dutch striker's departure.

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