Van Persie and Song to move back to Arsenal - Possible or preposterous?

Robin Van Persie Celebrates

Unhappy at Manchester United? For sale by Barcelona? Why not just head back to Arsenal. A lack of popularity may make this unlikely but it would be terribly convenient for the pair.

Last summer the writing was on the wall for Arsenal. Even the PFA and Football Writers Player of the Year for 2011/12 could not be convinced of their ambition.

If only he had waited around.

Like a husband who cheated on his loyal wife for a drunken night with a fading popstar, Robin van Persie is now looking back on that family he departed, who look like they have just won the lottery.

His fling may have satisfied his craving, but as the euphoria of winning a trophy wears off, he is left realising that without their make-up, Manchester United are far uglier that he ever imagined.

Arsenal have moved on. They have their own more expensive and younger superstar, Mesut Ozil - who has convinced everybody in Europe that the Gunners are as ambitious as they get.

Reports last night, instigated by Mark Lawrenson, claimed Van Persie had handed in a transfer request at Manchester United. While entirely unverified and amounting to just hearsay, it is not hard to believe.

David Moyes, after another defeat to United spoke out to dismiss the rumours, but well - he would wouldn't he?

United are currently closer to Crystal Palace in terms of points than they are to leaders Arsenal, who still have a game in hand on Everton to come.

Van Persie is not the only one. Alex Song is a man who left last summer after the Dutchman, and he has been reportedly put up for sale by Barcelona.

So why don't they just move back?

From Arsenal's perspective it's an emotive one. From a footballing point of view, both players would improve the team even further.

Song would add strength in defensive midfield and complement Mathieu Flamini, while the fact Robin van Persie won the Golden Boot for the past two seasons speaks for itself.

Also taking into account the superb understanding the pair displayed on the field in their Arsenal days, a double deal in January would be almost certain to catapult the team to the Premier League title.

So is it possible, or just preposterous?

Well Song's case is a lot more simple. If Barcelona want to sell as suggested, then bringing him back - at a profit - is very do-able.

Van Persie is a far bigger challenge. David Moyes has enough troubles at United without piling pressure on himself and selling a key player. Supporters would surely rather the manager goes than the Dutchman.

However as he showed at Arsenal, Van Persie is a character who can be difficult when he wants to be, as evidenced by the way he released a statement on his personal website in July 2012 announcing very publicly his decision not to renew his contract.

But here's the real sticking point for Arsenal fans: Does either player deserve to come back?

Both walked out on the club while they were at a low ebb, should the cheating husband be taken back by his wife now she has won the lottery?

They proved they don't love the club, but just success. What if Arsene Wenger walks away after winning the title next summer and the next appointment goes pear-shaped like David Moyes.

Would Van Persie want another exit too? It could be argued football is a business, and it's about winning games on the pitch, and re-signing the pair would improve Arsenal's chances, and emotions should be put aside.

But it doesn't really work like that, does it?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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