Robin van Persie (Manchester United)
He couldn't, could he? Robin van Persie scored 132 goals in 278 appearances for Arsenal during an eight-year spell in which he left ‘an indelible mark on the club’ according to the Gunners’ own official website. Van Persie left to join Manchester United for £22.5million – a fee which rose to £24m after he won a career first league title in his maiden season at Old Trafford. Things haven’t quite gone so well since then, though. Injuries have hampered his second season in Manchester and Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure and United’s subsequent (and significant) drop in performance has also impacted on Van Persie’s own form. And morale, if rumours are to be believed.
Eleven goals in 18 league appearances show that Van Persie still retains much of his old class when fit, and with United at times looking better without him, could a surprise return to the Emirates be in store for the 30-year-old? He wouldn’t be the first to rejoin his old club, just ask Mark Hughes, Ian Rush or Robbie Keane. Were Arsenal to make a cheeky and nostalgic bid, who knows what the little boy inside Van Persie might scream?