"He was their leader, captain and top goalscorer. It seems every summer now Arsenal lose world-class players - they have become a donor to other clubs.
"The Emirates was supposed to be the promised land but the club is losing players.
"That is so hard for the fans because it's difficult to retain any excitement.
"It's a long way from the fantasy football Manchester City have experienced in the transfer market in the past few years or how United will feel after signing Van Persie."