Dutch striker Robin van Persie made his name at Arsenal. After injury problems he finally broke into the first team and truly delivered. He scored 59 goals in 81 appearances in his final two campaigns in North London, leading Arsenal to Champions League football and cementing his place as one of the best in the world.
When Manchester United came calling with a bid of £24 million for the 29-year-old last summer, Arsenal evidently felt that they should cash in on their talisman. This business by Sir Alex Ferguson resulted in a Premier League title for Van Persie and his teammates at Old Trafford.
Things have changed slightly this season with David Moyes struggling to recreate the form that Sir Alex had achieved. Van Persie has also not been at his best with United sitting eighth in the table, eight points behind leaders Arsenal.
Arsenal have started the season successfully and, although they have not been challenged properly, you can only win the games that are in front of you. The recruitment of Mesut Ozil has left everyone buzzing at Arsenal and he has installed an inner confidence within the players that they can beat anyone.
With Olivier Giroud being Arsenal's only capable forward, back up is needed to fulfil the challenge in all competitions with stronger depth. Although there is still the need to strengthen other positions, what a statement it would make to go back for their former hero.
It would show that Arsenal mean business and the capture of Van Persie, even paying above the odds for his services, would make Arsene Wenger's attacking options endless.
Defenders would quake in their boots.
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