Arsenal fans: No Van Persie? No problem

Robin van Persie will be in Man United shirt next season. (Getty Images)Robin van Persie will be in Man United shirt next season. (Getty Images)

No Robin van Persie? No problem.

That was the common sentiment shared by Arsenal fans in Singapore after seeing their star striker ditch the Gunners for Manchester United in a deal that is reportedly worth £24 million (S$47.2 million).

Chan Chok Seng, an Arsenal fan for over 10 years, believes no player is indispensable and there's no point keeping an unhappy player in the team.

He told Yahoo! Singapore, "No man is indispensable. He was certainly a top player in the league last year but his heart is no longer with the club.

"Keeping him will only affect the morale of the team. We have experienced departure of top players such as Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas.

"I believe our new signings of Lucas Poldolski, Oliver Giroud and Santiago Carzola are more than capable of replacing him," he added.

Kelvin Tan reckons it's a good piece of business for the Gunners -- but hopes Arsene Wenger can strengthen the squad with the money from the sale.

The Arsenal fan of 15 years said, "£24 million (S$47.2 million) for the player on the wrong side of his 20's on his last year of his contract is excellent business.

"And there's no guarantee he can replicate his goal scoring exploits of last season. So its a good deal.

"As long as Wenger uses the money to further strengthen the squad by bringing in a world class holding midfielder to replace Alex song, who's expected to leave for Barcelona."

So what do Man United fans think about having Van Persie in their side?

Ivan Yap, a Red Devil fan for eight years, is relishing the prospect of a Wayne Rooney-RVP partnership.

He said, "Van Persie is exactly what we need up front. We have relied too much on Rooney over the past few seasons and we have struggled whenever he is out injured.

"We have been missing a truly prolific striker who can finish off the chances and RVP has proven what he can do in front of goal."

June Tan sympathizes with Arsenal fans but believes the Dutch international has made the right move at this stage of his career.

The United fan of five years said, "I can understand the disappointment of Arsenal fans. But I believe he has done all he could for the club.

"Ultimately every player wants to win trophies and he was obviously not doing that at the Emirates. Moreover, he is getting older and there's not much time left for him to win something.

"And what better place to do so than Old Trafford?" she added.

So what do you think about RVP's move to United?