Arsenal legend Tony Adams admits Robin van Persie's sale to Manchester United is "hard to take". The concept that Van Persie or any other top player could see their future away from Arsenal almost does not compute with 'Mr Arsenal'.
"Robin didn't want to sign on the terms offered and he had fallen out with the manager, what can you do at that point?" Adams told the London Evening Standard. "Arsenal sold Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy the year before to Manchester City and it sends out all the wrong messages for me, being a selling club.
"You are talking to the wrong man because I very much see Arsenal as the biggest club in the world. So I can't understand why anybody would want to play anywhere else. But I can understand it was very different for me. I had people in the boardroom who were very ambitious and wanted to win like me. That's easy then. Your contract goes in front of you and you sign it because you are all pulling in the same direction. Robin wants to win and he thinks that he can win things with Manchester United and he can't with Arsenal. That's hard to take."