Before I receive a barrage of abuse, which is fair game I suppose for bringing up this fractious topic once again, I am well aware that the world of football does not work out as simply as the following. Many things could have, would have, and might have happened at Arsenal and Manchester United if Robin Van Persie had decided to remain in North London but an undeniable fact is that the goals scored by RVP this season have managed to earn his new team 22 points this season that without him they might not have.
That includes his heroics in games such as the fixture at St Marys against Southampton and that free-kick against Manchester City earlier in the season.
In fact nobody has won his team more points from tied or losing positions than RVP this season with the second best the main talking point at Arsenal’s training ground this week; Tottenham Hotspurs Gareth Bale and the 15 points he has earned for Andre Villas Boas.
So let’s say for a minute that the world did work so simply and we were to take the 22 points away from Manchester United and give them to Arsenal. How many points would Arsenal have right now?
The answer is 69; which if you are wondering is one more than United’s current tally of 68 at the summit of the English footballing pyramid.
While I am not for one minute suggesting that simply keeping Robin Van Persie would have won Arsenal the league it is a statistic that shows the influence the transfer has had on the league this season. RVP remains the main reason why United are looking pretty with dry armpits 12 points above their local title rivals Manchester City at this moment in time.
Am I saying that if Arsenal had kept Van Persie they would be top? No. But they wouldn’t be fifth either.