Almost a year ago, Arsenal’s talisman Robin van Persie signed for old rivals Manchester United. Just ten months later, the Dutchman lifted the Premier League trophy, and his goals were instrumental in a campaign that saw United stroll to the title.
As the Dutchman kissed the trophy that he waited so long to get his hands on, he no doubt felt safe in the knowledge that he made the right choice to move to United. Just a few months later, and the future’s not so peachy for Van Persie, or for that matter United.
A shaky start under new manager David Moyes does not bode well for Manchester United, especially when their competition for the Premier League title is considered.
United, who were so solid under Sir Alex Ferguson’s guidance and he could weather any storm the media could conjure up. Whether or not Moyes can imitate his predecessors’ feat, remains to be seen.
If he can’t, United face the prospect of slipping down the table. Their worst ever finish was third, I personally think Moyes will do well to guide them to third in his maiden season at the Old Trafford helm.
If and when United do stumble from their perch, old foes Arsenal would undoubtedly be one of those in line to benefit. Arsenal won’t win the title; Chelsea and Manchester City will have too much for them.
But if United slip down and are vying with them for third for fourth place, the longevity and experience that Wenger has instilled in the club will give them the edge over United.
Van Persie scored in each game against Arsenal last season; neither match (especially the second) held earth-moving significance in terms of the league but Van Persie still respectfully declined to celebrate.
The Netherlands captain may find himself in an entirely different predicament next season and Arsenal fans will be first to taunt him should Arsenal assume a position above United on the footballing pedestal.
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