Manchester United would be stupid to let Van Persie join Arsenal

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Despite promising so much with a number of Europe's top teams seemingly set to be on the lookout to bolster their squad with new recruits, the January transfer window ultimately delivered very little by way of shock or excitement.

Juan Mata's move from Chelsea to Manchester United aside, a lack of juicy rumour and drama eventually characterised a particularly mundane, no-frills deadline day.

However, it is in the aftermath of the January window's closing that we have witnessed potentially the most sensational rumour of all.

Over the weekend, it was speculated that Robin van Persie could potentially re-join Arsenal this summer for a fee in the region of £15 million as David Moyes eyes a clearout of his underperforming squad.

Frankly, although certainly entertaining, this strikes me as a frankly ludicrous and utterly preposterous rumour that would surely never come to pass. But, for argument's sake, let's presume for a short moment that is with serious foundation.

Manchester United and Moyes would be stupid to sanction such a ridiculous move after only signing Van Persie from Arsenal during the summer of 2012.

While the Dutchman has been forced to spend time on the sidelines this season due to various injury struggles, when fit he still has to be classed as one of the finest strikers on the planet and one of the finest finishers that the Premier League has to offer.

While it is correct that Moyes does indeed need to rid the current Manchester United squad of 'deadwood' following the end of this testing 2013/14 campaign, there is simply no way that Van Persie should be included in that number.

Although it is widely expected that Moyes will have significant funds at his disposal to dramatically bolster his options during the coming summer, any striking upgrades should be brought in with the intention of co-existing harmoniously alongside both Van Persie and English talisman Wayne Rooney and not with the idea of replacing either of them.

Besides, after reaping the considerable benefits of striking a deal to rob a rival of one their star talents, would Moyes really be foolish enough to further boosting Arsenal by allowing them to purchase Van Persie back?

Arsenal, who have spent so long in the trophy wilderness, finally look as if they are primed for another sustained charge for major honours and handing them such a big initiative would be mindless in the extreme.

And would Arsenal really be eager for Van Persie back anyway? Admittedly, £15 million would be a superb bargain but there was an incredible amount of ill-feeling left to fester at the Emirates Stadium following his defection to an old rival - something that is evident whenever he has returned to play against them.

Quite simply it is ridiculous and will not happen. Manchester United would be incredibly stupid to even waste valuable time pondering such a deal.

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