Robin Van Persie: Arsenal Legend Bob Wilson 'Angry' Over Deal
Arsenal legend Bob Wilson says striker Robin van Persie's impending departure to Manchester United has left him "bordering on anger".
Van Persie, 29, looks set to complete a move away from Arsenal within 48 hours.
"I am disappointed, bordering on a little bit of anger almost, as Robin was made captain and done a fantastic job," Wilson told BBC Radio 4.
"It is difficult for someone like me who has an Arsenal gun sealed to his chest, not just to pat on the shirts."
Wilson said Arsenal would just have to move on from the situation.
He added: "I read all his programme notes about the pride of being Arsenal captain, then a year later he leaves one great club for another great club.
Not just a goalscorer
Since August 2008, Van Persie has provided more Premier League assists (33) than any other player. Former team-mate Cesc Fabregas is joint-second with 32
Source: Opta Sports
"I'm taking the stance of the 'the king is dead, long live the king' - thank you Robin and goodbye."
However, the former Gunners goalkeeper believes it makes good business sense for manager Arsene Wenger to let the Dutchman go.
"Obviously it is very good business from the Arsenal point of view, their perspective is it is £24m for a 29-year-old who has a history of injury problems and one truly magnificent season in eight. That is great business," said the former Arsenal player.
Wilson claims that he is still excited as Arsenal head into the new season with three new signings - Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla.
"I look at it and I'm very excited by the team Arsene Wenger is putting together," said Wilson.
"The fact that Van Persie is gone is hugely disappointing, but he's wiped out in one go a lot of the fee that was spent on three talented players - Podolski, Giroud and the Spaniard Cazorla."
Wilson also believes that Belgian international Thomas Vermaelen is the ready-made replacement for Van Persie as Arsenal captain.
"Any Belgian who captains a Dutch side in Ajax is a special player," added Wilson.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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