Arsene Wenger accepts sanctioning the sale of captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United was a "massive gamble", but has faith his team can recover to mount a successful Barclays Premier League campaign.
Holland international Van Persie has finalised a £24million switch to Old Trafford, having earlier in the summer announced he would not be signing a new deal with the Gunners.
"The reality is when the player doesn't want to stay you have two ways: you either force him to stay or you accept the reality and you let him go. I have chosen the second solution," said Wenger. "I know it is a massive challenge and a massive gamble I took."
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