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Would Van Persie and Arsenal work for a second time?

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Van Persie has struggled for fitness this season. (©GettyImages)
Van Persie has struggled for fitness this season. (©GettyImages).

When Robin van Persie completed his £24million move from Arsenal to Manchester United at the start of last season, the Dutchman described the move as a dream move and felt he had to leave north London to win trophies.

His debut season was a magical one as his 26 Premier league goals won himself a second consecutive golden boot award for the league's top scorer as well as the Premier league title in United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's last season in charge.

This season, under new manager David Moyes, Van Persie has struggled for fitness which has played a major part in Manchester United's poor season, with the club currently 7th in the table.

Whenever the 30-year-old has played, he has made an impact, as evidenced by his scoring of13 goals in just over 20 appearances for the Red Devils this season.

However, rumour has it that the former Arsenal striker is not happy with his current regime at Manchester United and is tempted to move back to his old club in the summer.

While United have struggled in their battle for Champions league qualification this season, Arsenal have been outstanding, being top for the majority of the season as they challenge for the title itself.

Arsenal are expected to try and sign a world class striker in the next transfer window after losing patience with current striker Olivier Giroud, and they could look to bring their former hero back to the Emirates for extra fire-power.

He first joined the Gunners in 2004 from Dutch side Feyenoord for around £3million before scoring 96 goals in his time at the club.

In his last season with Arsenal, Van Persie practically got his team into the Champions League single handedly with his goals before moving to Manchester United at the end of the season and fulfilling his lifelong dream of winning the Premier League title.

It is unlikely Manchester United will be willing to sell their star man to a rival but RvP could force the move if his heart is set on returning to Arsene Wenger and his team.

But the question is, would it work a second time?

They say you should never go back in football as it never works a second time but with his quality, van Persie could easily do just as well, maybe better, than in his first spell with the north Londoners.

The Arsenal fans have been crying out at Wenger to bring in a striker for a long time but it is interesting to see if they would welcome the Dutch international back.

They have still not forgiven him for departing the club but that could easily all be forgotten if he does the same to United as well as firing Arsenal to the title.

It would also make life harder for under pressure United boss, David Moyes who could really do with keeping his key players in this hard time.

With van Persie turning 31 in August, United might be happy to let him go for a high amount of money but surely they wouldn't want one of their key players joining a rival side, would they? 

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Robin Van Persie
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