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SBD Global/August 16, 2012/International Football
ManU Gets Their Man, Snatching Robin Van Persie From Arsenal For $35M
Published August 16, 2012
A STRONG MESSAGE: In the GUARDIAN's Sport Blog, Amy Lawrence wrote "this episode provides yet more evidence for those who slam Arsenal as a selling club. It pours fuel on to the debate about how ambitious they can ever wish to be with the self-sustaining model they believe in so vigorously. They know their place in football's economic table. They know under the current ownership, who believe in running a tight ship, that they cannot compete with the clubs who are bankrolled by oil." He continued: "They know that, despite Manchester United's controversial financial arrangements with the Glazers, Van Persie's new club make the most of their marketing potential in a way that they currently cannot" (GUARDIAN, 8/15). Also in London, Paul Wilson wrote that the deal "answers a couple of questions, the two big ones that have been worrying Manchester United supporters all summer. Yes, the club is still ambitious and does not plan to sit back and let Manchester City have everything their own way. And yes, the Glazers do have some money to spend and are willing to let Sir Alex Ferguson invest a considerable amount of it in a player who played like a dream last season but at the age of 29 may not have a significant resale value" (GUARDIAN, 8/15).