I'm just gonna c&p my post from the arsenal group on RvP.|
I think the issue is that we're trying to make RvP the enemy here. The only 2 options are; we lacked ambition (not about building a stadium, but the argument about if we've used all of our means) or that we are a victim of circumstances (our financial inhibition mixed with our star player who's desires to win a title for himself conflicted with our own situation).
The truth is the latter, but we're out to demonise him instead. Yes he made us have to sell him, but that's not the deeper issue. Fact is, if he approached Wenger & Co and wanted us to sign top players, it means his primary option was to stay with US plus have top players to win the league. When it was clear that wasn't the case, his only option was to leave (because if we forced him to stay, he too would've missed on a great opportunity as United or City would've got someone else).
As for why United? Isn't it obvious? The only other manager to admire other than Wenger is SAF, plus with a guarantee of a title whilst still being the main man.
The actual truth was what I said before; it was the honest desires of a player who was reaching his final contract days and wanted to use it fighting and winning titles versus a club who could say we simply weren't in a financial position to do that, and so went to the only other club where he admired the manager (who would you rather work with; Fergie or Mancini?) and could fulfill that. It really is that simple.
Making him out to be this "Judas C*nt" is just typical football tribalism. For all the talk of going to "the enemy" the truth is United haven't been our enemies for some time now, and we haven't even been worthy to challenge them. The fact that Wenger himself is on great terms with SAF along with our Chief Exec who regularly has meetings with their Chief Exec shows this enemy attitude is only at the minds of the fans. No one else in the club, not the manager, not the board and not even the players see them as enemies.
In short, we need to just get over it. Circumstances (at best, though the argument for using all of our means could be argued) was our enemy, we are just collateral damage. But don't make RvP to be the demon he's made out to be. There simply was no way he could "leave quietly" to United. No way.