Arsenal should get serious about a Robin van Persie bid

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Another day has passed and another Manchester United disaster has occurred.

For the sake of variety, the Red Devils chose not to lose to a mid-tabled Premier League team at Old Trafford, instead allowing their poor league form to affect what has been, up until now, a reasonable Champions League campaign.

The 2-0 loss to Olympiacos allowed David Moyes' plight to reach new levels leaving the fans and the players feeling frustrated and dejected in equal measure.

No player was more outspoken over the shock defeat than former Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, who openly criticised his team mates for "occupying the spaces I want to play in", in what was the clearest sign yet that he is growing tired of life at Old Trafford.

Although still providing his fair share of goals in the Premier League, scoring 11 in 15 starts, rumours of discontent persist, but one rumour has caught the attention more than most.

His potential return to Arsenal has been spoken about ever since Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement as Manchester United manager.

Reports have gone as far as to say that Arsenal representatives met with Van Persie's agent to discuss the possibility of a return.

Of course any suggestion of Van Persie, the man who abandoned Arsenal in their time of need for their greatest rival of the Premier League era, returning to the Emirates was met with denunciation from unforgiving Arsenal fans.

Arsene Wenger himself has refused to rule out the potential of him returning, but why would he? Van Persie remains an incredibly clinical and quality striker and if his time at Old Trafford is to meet a premature end, Arsenal need to seriously consider the possibility of bringing him back.

Arsenal are entering a critical stage in their squad development. The players are developing into world class stars and need to start winning trophies soon. If their current crop of players don't get the silverware they warrant, they'll start attracting interest from clubs who can offer it.

Wenger needs to show that he means business and has the power and influence to bring more players like Mesut Ozil to the Emirates. One key area that needs improvement is the striker department.

The only problem is that most of their Premier League rivals will be after the same things. Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United will all enter the summer transfer market with money to spend and striking talent on their shopping list.

Any in-form striker, such as Diego Costa or Edinson Cavani, is likely to attract a lot of attention and big money as a result. That's not Wenger's way so there is no point wasting time on player's who will eventually be offered outrageous wages by some Russian oligarch that Arsenal can't match.

Instead, they should move for Van Persie, knowing they're getting someone who can slot into the squad straight away while also bringing the world-class ability Arsenal need to sustain a strong title challenge.

It may be tough for Arsenal fans to accept but if Van Persie rejoins and the Gunners run away with next season's title, who will question it then?

Forgiveness and football seldom go together but when it can be used to help Arsenal end a title drought that has already gone on too long, it should be utilised.

As crazy as it sounds, it is now time for Arsenal to start seriously considering a bid to get Van Persie back to the Emirates Stadium.

How do Arsenal fans feel about the prospect of a Robin van Persie return? Would you take him back if it won you the Premier League title? Use the comment box below to give us your opinion!

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