Piers Morgan: Arsene Wenger should have been sacked for selling this Arsenal star
Piers Morgan wasn't happy with the Arsenal manager's decision to sell Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012
Piers Morgan says Arsene Wenger should have been sacked for sanctioning the sale of Arsenal captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012.
The Netherlands international scored 30 times in 38 Premier League games for the Gunners in the 2011-12 season to finish as the division’s top goal-scorer.
However, Van Persie joined Arsenal’s bitter rivals United in August 2012 after Sir Alex Ferguson persuaded Wenger to part with his captain ahead of the final year of the Dutch striker’s Gunners contract.
The United signing went on to score 26 goals in 38 Premier League games as the former PSV Eindhoven striker fired Ferguson to his 13th and final top-flight crown.
Outspoken Arsenal fan Morgan felt that Wenger committed a sackable offence when the Gunners boss agreed to sell Van Persie to their fiercest rivals.
“He should have been sacked for that alone [selling Van Persie],” Morgan told BBC Sport.
“Seriously, you sell your captain and your best player to your number one rivals and they win the league and he wins the golden boot.
“You think he’s still the same ruthless winner he was before?”
The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2004 when Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira inspired Arsenal to top-flight glory.
The north London side did manage to end their silverware drought after Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015.