Henry: My exit showed Arsenal can cope without Van Persie

ARSENAL favourite Thierry Henry believes the club to be capable of coping with the potential loss of captain Robin van Persie should the forward this summer leave.

Van Persie is insistent he will not consider remaining at the club beyond the final 12 months of his contract and could depart as early as this month. Henry partnered the Dutchman before his own 2007 exit to Barcelona provoked similar predictions of disaster for Arsenal but in the same way that his exit coincided with a significant improvement in Arsene Wenger’s side, the striker is adamant that there is no reason why the club cannot again cope in the same way.

“I don’t know exactly what is happening but as an Arsenal fan I want him to stay,” said Henry. “He is still an Arsenal player and the boss has to deal with it. I just want Arsenal to do well.

“When I left, everybody cried, but then the year after they went on a run of being eight points ahead. Everyone comes and goes.”