#EPL: Van Persie eyes move back to Arsenal

Robin van Persie could be set for a sensational move back to Arsenal just 18 months after forcing a move to Manchester United. A report in the Metro suggests that the player's agent allegedly met with Arsene Wenger in the last few weeks to begin talks about a move back to the Emirates Stadium.

The most significant aspect of the meeting was that the Dutch forward reportedly wants to leave United, with Arsenal being his preferred destination.

Van Persie's future at United has continued to be a hot topic of conversation ever since David Moyes took over the management from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer. It is believed the Dutch forward, who enjoyed an excellent first season at Old Trafford, has been less than impressed with the new manager, particularly his training methods. It has been suggested that van Persie has not responded well to Moyes' intense and rigorous sessions, which has led to recurrences of old injury problems.

United have subsequently suffered without van Persie in the team for large portions of the season, falling to 7th in the Premier League table. The reigning champions now face a struggle to qualify for next season's Champions League, let alone retain their title. Ironically, this season Arsenal have put together their best title challenge in years. Van Persie's insistence at leaving the north London club in 2012 had been mainly due to a perceived lack of competitiveness.

However, a deal to take him back to Arsenal would not come cheap. If United had to entertain the notion of selling van Persie, the club would likely be looking to recoup most of the 24m they paid just 18 months ago. Arsenal allegedly do have funds available with a recent financial report showing 120m of liquid cash in the club's accounts. But, after spending big on Mesut Ozil in summer and having still not really seen the full benefit, Arsene Wenger may be unwilling to splash the cash again so soon, especially for a player of van Persie's age.

Despite funds allegedly available, Wenger's potential to spend could also be limited by the 2.2m loss reported in the six months to the end of November. During the same period 12 months previously, the Gunners had reported a profit of 17.8m, with a loss now a worrying change. Despite increased turnover and an operating profit, the loss stems from increased spending on transfer fees and player wages.

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