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Van Persie headed to Manchester United

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The Robin van Persie transfer saga has come to a conclusion, and it is one that has the Dutch striker set for a major move from the Emirates to Old Trafford.

Arsenal announced that they have reached an agreement with Manchester United for the transfer of Van Persie, who has been the subject of transfer rumors for months, including potential moves to United rival Manchester City and Italian champion Juventus. Van Persie is set to arrive in Manchester on Thursday for a physical and to agree to personal terms with the Red Devils.

With the addition of Van Persie, Manchester United now has the top two goal scorers in the Premier League from last season, as he teams with Wayne Rooney to form one of the more frightening forward tandems in the league. The move comes on the heels of United adding Borussia Dortmund attacker Shinji Kagawa and agreeing to a long-term deal with forward Danny Welbeck, fortifying an attacking nucleus that is shaping up to be one of the finest in all of Europe.

What do you think of this development? Does this make Manchester United the favorites in England? In all of Europe?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. ??? Arsenal has just spent round $50 mil, more than they have in years…before selling any meaningful pieces. Keep in mind RVP wanted out so can’t stop him leaving. Plus the club plans to do more transfers IN before the window closes.

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  2. +1

    This credit will be given to Queen Alex and not the American ownership that actually spent the funds.

    Conversely, just another signing and stock piling talent for a manager that claims the transfer window is “mad” and City is ruining the game.

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  3. well ManU is owned by an American too. but Arsenal’s ownership will not win them anything…Kronke has been a poor owner of every team he has touched.

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  4. Juve can’t pay the fee and rvp’s salary. Plus the coach was just banned 10 months. Not a good deal financially or club wise any longer.

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  5. I guess it’s true what they say about the American ownership. They are going to destroy the team and are just not willing to spend the money necessary to win.

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  6. they picked up a Podolski, Giroud, and Carzorla to offset RvP’s inevitable move, but i agree the need more star power if they want to make it in the Champions League..

    it would be a good fit for Dempsey however i would rather root for Fulhamerica over Gunners any day..

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  7. Arsenal should by Wondolowski

    He scores freely in MLS and MLS is arguably equal to the PL. He could score 10-12 goals this season

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  8. I would not be surprised to see Manchester United’s top 4 strikers all go double digits in goals overall this season.

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  9. That movie had a ton of celebs in the film all doing cameos. Very impressive.

    ever seen The War At Home? That’s his best film ever

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  10. what’s the situation with Berbatov? Was Ferguson playing favorites by always playing Rooney instead of him? why’s he getting the cold shoulder

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  11. Yeah. Seems to shoot self in foot. It was inevitable that he was leaving, but I was hoping he would go to Juve so he would not punish Arsenal regularly over the next few years.

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  12. A comparison to mls doesn’t really make sense here since hes still playing in the same league. And I think arsenal fans would feel very justified calling him a traitor considering he had been supported by the club when he stuggled with injuries, the way he’s conducted himself thru this transfer saga and the fact hat he’s moving to a hated rival.

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  13. SAF deserves the benefit of the doubt, but I don’t agree with this move. Spending that much on a thirty-year-old with a long history of injuries…I don’t know. Then again, RVP should give them two or three good years, maybe take them to a CL title.

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  14. Was wondering the same thing, but I doubt it. They brought in some good attacking options this transfer window and really need to bolster their defense. Another top four finish for the Gunners this year and hopefully an end of the trophy drought from one of the four competitions they are in this year.

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  15. Was never very confident RVP would end up with City. Especially if they kept Dzeko, Tevez, Aguero, Balotelli, etc. Oh, and freakin Adebayor. For a year City has had what United is about to enjoy. (For the record, I’d imagine any sane person would still take City’s forward crew over United’s.)

    City vs. United will be epic. The rest of the league will be miles behind.

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  16. Doubtful. This was necessary as RvP wanted out and Arsenal needed to cash in. Arsenal had its best transfer season in years and if you’ve watched them in preseason you’d realize how deep they are now. You never want to lose a player of his quality, but the sell had to happen.

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  17. I still can’t believe this is happening, whether it’s a bad thing or a good thing for United. I can only assume Ferguson wants to make a huge statement of intent before he retires. He just turned 29, but in theory he should have at least 3 years left at the top. Given his injury history and the amount of games United usually plays, I’d imagine he’ll be rotated from time to time…

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  18. I love it!! Arsenal weren’t gonna win this season. nor the next let that man win something. Its Funny if he was an MLS player it would have been weeks of how the league was bush league and mean for not selling him, now its he’s a traitor and blah blah blah if you had an opportunity to work for an awesome company and make a boat load of money with great benefits I’m pretty sure you’d leave too.

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  19. That’s why he’s a perfect fit at United. He won’t be relied on to score all the goals for the team as he was at Arsenal. He can be rested and given proper time off to recover from any injury. He also won’t be allowed to go to friendlies with Holland under Ferguson and that’s where he seemed to pick up most of his injuries.

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  20. Count me as one of those who are still skeptical of RVP ability to stay healthy. Last season was a bit of an anomaly. As an Arsenal fan, I don’t mind the move, though I loathe United.

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  21. Good God. They now have an embarrassment of riches at the forward position. But, can they really keep all of those players happy? Will Welbeck and Chicharito settle for limited playing time?

    Regardless, the Rooney-RvP forward tandem will be lethal. They must be the favorites for the title after today’s news.

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