Arsenal fans can't accept Van Persie exit

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Just when it looked like Robin van Persie may reverse his decision and stay with Arsenal, the transfer saga involving the Dutch striker has taken yet another turn.

Arsene Wenger has been particularly busy in the transfer market this summer with the early additions of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud followed by the reported club record addition of Spain international Santi Cazorla this week.

The acquisition of Cazorla, it was claimed, had led Van Persie to reconsider his position and, perhaps, put pen to paper on the contract Arsenal have strived so desperately to get their captain to sign.

However, the latest twist has seen Old Trafford emerge as the likely destination for Van Persie this summer, with Sir Alex Ferguson even going so far as to publicly confirm Manchester United had made a bid.

It would be fair to assume that, given the flurry of activity at the Emirates Stadium along with Van Persie's apparent disregard for their feelings, Arsenal fans would have accepted the grass may be greener on the other side of the 29-year-old's departure.

The signings of Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla represent an almost unprecedented statement from Arsene Wenger, and there is seemingly room for a genuine sense of optimism at Arsenal this summer.

However, a GMF poll has revealed that this optimism would immediately evaporate should Van Persie be sold, with Arsenal fans still unable to accept his seemingly inevitable exit.

GMF polled over 10,000 supporters, and they voted overwhelmingly to register their collective dismay that Van Persie could leave and, in doing so, claimed Wenger's summer signings would in no way compensate for his departure.

A sizeable 79 percent of fans do not envisage Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla would be able to fill the void if Van Persie was to leave, and perhaps suggests Wenger will be urged to invest even further if he lost his captain.

This does, however, also mean that over a fifth of the fans polled have accepted that Arsenal ought to cash-in on Van Persie this summer in order to prevent his position having a further detrimental affect on the club.

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