Arsenal have moved on from departure of Van Persie, says Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he's moved on from losing Robin van Persie and believes the team has found a new balance since the Dutch striker joined Manchester United last summer.

The Gunners boss signed Van Persie back in 2004 and developed him into a world class striker only for him to move to fierce rivals United in 2012 for a fee estimated around £24million.

Van Persie had a lot of injury problems during his spell at Arsenal, but Wenger stood by the striker and refused to give up on him, and he was rewarded for that trust last season after the Dutchman guided Arsenal to a third placed finish.

Many people were saying that last year Arsenal were a one-man team because of Van Persie's influence and goals and many thought that Arsenal would struggle to achieve a top-four finish this season without him.

After losing RVP, Wenger went on to sign Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla and he believes without Van Persie, the team has found a new balance.

Wenger told reporters: "What you want to focus on is that when the big players go, which has happened to us many times, you just want to get around it and try to find a new organisation that is efficient.

"You always miss a big player. The only thing I can say [is] it took us a while to get around it but if you look at the number of goals we have scored, it's similar to last season.

"It took us a while to find a different way because the game went through him a lot. We had to find a new balance between defending and attacking but now we are stabilised."

Wenger has also admitted that he cannot afford to have regrets over not keeping Van Persie at the club and he insists that Arsenal have given Van Persie a positive life.

The Arsenal boss went on to say: "I don't go into the game thinking that. In our job, you look forward. So many great players have left this club that you could be full of regrets.

"When you make a decision, you know there are plusses and minuses. What is only important now is the future of the Club and the team. That's how you look at it.

The Frenchman finished by saying: "It's always difficult to lose big players. Let's be realistic - it's more difficult when they are 24 than when they are 29 and they have given a few years to the Club. 

"That's part of the modern life of a modern footballer as well.

"We are in a job where you want to do two things: do you best you can for your club and influence in a positive way the life of people.

"On that side, I think that Arsenal had a positive impact on the life and career of Robin van Persie so we have done our job in a positive way."


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