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What if: Robin Van Persie did not leave Arsenal for Manchester United

A hero in Manchester but a villain in North London - what if Robin Van Persie did not switch to Manchester in the summer of 2012.

Feature 17 Nov 2016, 09:59 IST

As the final international break for 2016 is reaching its end, football fans around the world are smacking their lips in anticipation for the big game between Arsenal and Manchester United this weekend. The Red Devils will host Arsenal as old foes Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will go head to head for the first time in the 2016-17 edition of the English Premier League.

Also Read: Wenger eyes golden chance to put one over Mourinho 

While there is soo much history to this fixture, the presence of Jose Mourinho in the Manchester United dug-out will certainly add some spice to the game. In this week's ‘What if’ edition we focus on Arsenal and Manchester United pondering about how things would have been different if not for the Dutch striker’s departure to Manchester United from Arsenal in the summer of 2012

#1 Arsenal could have ended their Premier League drought 

LONDON -  MAY 12:  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger lifting the FA Barclaycard Premiership trophy  during Arsenal's open top bus parade of the AXA FA Cup and the FA Barclaycard Premiership trophy to their fans held on May 12, 2002 at the Islington Town Hall in London, England.  (Photo by: Craig Prentis/Getty Images)
Wenger shows off his golden Premier League trophy

The Premier League drought! Yes, it is a sensitive topic for every Gunner out there. Arsenal has not managed to win a single Premier League trophy since their Invincibles season around 12 years ago. However, with the arrival of top class players in the last few years, the Gunners are getting closer and closer only to let go of it after the winter break. 

With the arrival of players like Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, and Alexis Sanchez in the last three years, a clinical striker could have been every Gunner’s dream. Had Robin Van Persie stayed, he could have made the most of these signing and guided Arsenal to a Premier League trophy ending the drought.

Over the last few seasons, Arsenal has struggled with their inconsistency in front of goal. It is almost certain that a striker like Van Persie could've been the difference between them dropping down the table after Christmas and extending their lead after Christmas.

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