Stats show Arsenal better without Van Persie
The Sun says the stats show Arsenal actually pick up MORE points when he is missing.
Arsene Wenger's side have won 70 of 126 games with the Dutchman in the side since his 2004 debut - a win percentage of 56 per cent.
But without Van Persie they have won 46 of 75 matches - 61 per cent.
Arsenal average 1.98 goals per game with him compared to 1.96 without.