The return of the unwanted rivals? by Ash
Although the transfer window has shut down permanently for this season and will not re-open again until a few weeks after Arsenal have potentially had their celebratory Premier League winners’ open bus parade, but the transfer speculation is already in full swing. The news is so surprising that it has to be shared with Arsenal fans because this really would be one massive shock if it happened.
In most circumstances, rumours are nothing more than pure speculation made up by the media in order to sell their papers. However every now and then there is an eye-catching story that comes out that is either so predictably true or would be a massive shock. This is the latter and luckily (or for some unluckily) it is double trouble with the news that former Gunners Ashley Cole and Robin Van Persie could be in line for a return to the Emirates.
In a stunning turn of events, it is being reported by several national newspapers including the latest from The Independent that Ashley Cole could re-sign for Arsenal. The current Chelsea left back left the Gunners rather famously in what turned out to be one of the worst pieces of business agreed in Arsene Wenger’s reign. Ashley Cole swapped North London for West London whilst William Gallas travelled in the opposite direction along with £5 million. The move was completely money orientated and Cole has never been forgiven for his actions, especially for the fact he was a lifelong Arsenal fan beforehand.
In rather similar circumstances, Arsenal saw another Gunners legend and lifelong Arsenal fan leave the club for one of their rivals on the back of manipulation and contractual disagreements, when then club captain Robin van Persie swapped the red and white of Arsenal for the blood red of the Devils, Manchester United. It was a move that sparked much hate, disagreement and unravelled great concern for the Gunners. However, again in sensational circumstances, Arsenal find themselves being linked with the Dutchman. Van Persie could be in line for the United exit door if Rooney signs a new deal with the current EPL champions, because he apparently has a rocky relationship with David Moyes (but what is there to say Moyes will still be there in the summer). The Mirror is one of many national newspapers heading the report but once again as with Ashley Cole it all seems a little uncertain.
As fans of football we have to admit that they are still both very good players and could add that extra special ability as well as experience if they were to re-join the Gunners. However I think their past with the club has been completely destroyed and so although they would offer the side something, for a relatively cheap price (Cole out of contract and RVP’s valuation is now £15m) I don’t think either Wenger or the management team would look at such transfers.
They must be aware that the lo0ng-suffering fans would have a very hard time welcoming either of these players back. The only time we want to see their faces is when Arsenal lift the Premier League trophy this year. Now Cesc Fabregas, that is a different matter, but as he now seems to be a fixture of the Barcelona team, that will probably not be happening either.