16 August 2012 08:50
Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour believes the departure of captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United is a ‘big blow’ for the London club.
It was announced on Wednesday that the Premier League rivals had reached an agreement over the fee for the striker, with Van Persie set to travel to Manchester on Thursday to complete a medical.
The transfer will see Arsenal lose their captain for the fourth time in seven years, joining the likes of Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas out the door, and Parlour believes the latest departure is a hammer blow for his former side.
“It’s been years since Arsenal sold a player to Manchester United. I think (the last) was Frank Stapleton (in 1981),” Parlour told talkSPORT.
“They were always our massive rivals and I know we sold a lot of players to Manchester City but Manchester United were always our rivals and we didn’t want to help them.
“It’s a big blow for Arsenal but I’m just hoping with the money they receive from the transfer that Arsene Wenger has got a replacement in mind.”
Wenger has already been busy in the transfer market ahead of this latest development, bringing in strike duo Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud from Cologne and Montpellier respectively.