British journalist, television host, Arsenal fan and active Twitter user Piers Morgan has responded in a scathing fashion to the “Robin van Persie-to-Arsenal” transfer rumours that have cropped up after Manchester United suffered the eighth defeat of their Premier League campaign against Stoke City.
The controversial Morgan, who is not afraid to speak his mind, has condemned van Persie to playing in the Europa League if his team does qualify for the tournament next season. The striker, whom Piers refers to as “Robin van Pursestrings” after his infamous move in 2012 to the Gunners’ direct rival United, has been a target of angry Arsenal fans for turning his back on their team and has recently infuriated them by vociferously celebrating a goal at Old Trafford.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 2, 2014
Morgan and van Persie had a go at each other during the last season, but the latest tweet might truly embody how a majority of the North London club’s fans feel about the possibility of seeing the Dutchman play for them again. Despite the fact that he has crossed 30 years of age, the player still has excellent football skills and holds a keen sense for scoring goals from inside the box. But for the Gunners, his treachery cannot be redeemed.
While his stint at Arsenal was frequently disrupted by spells on the sidelines due to injuries (barring one spectacular season just before he left for United), van Persie managed to stay fit and lead Sir Alex Ferguson‘s team to the title in his first season with the club. David Moyes has not had the same luxury of using the striker each week, and United’s lacklustre form has fired up the speculations of the player returning to the Emirates next season.
While there might not be a shred of truth in this, it gives ample opportunity for Arsenal fans to lash out at van Persie again as Morgan has demonstrated. If you are an Arsenal fan, would you be willing to give the player a second chance to play for the club?