Arsenal fans must accept the Van Persie sale as the “brutal reality” of football. It is a pill, difficult to swallow for many fans who think this was a hostile takeover by a rival club.
Unlike Alex Song, the Arsenal midfielder who was gift wrapped to Barcelona, Van Persie left Arsenal for Manchester United with reluntance from his former boss.
Given the flurry of activity at the Emirates Stadium along with Van Persie’s apparent disregard for the feelings of Arsenal fans and management, some Arsenal fans would have accepted that the grass may be greener on the other side of the 29-year-old Dutch striker’s departure.
There is seemingly room for a genuine sense of optimism at Arsenal this summer. The acquisition of Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla represent an almost unprecedented statement from Arsene Wenger that the club is ready to move forward in spite of the departure of their talisman to Manchester United.
The parallel between Manchester United / Arsenal, versus King David / Uriah would be clear for all to see, if we assume King David was Manchester United, Bathsheba – Robin Van Persie and Uriah was Arsenal.
David and Bathsheba
Just like Man U and Van Persie, the account of David and Bathsheba is another story of a hostile takeover. When the king (David) looks outside his veranda, in the direction of Bathsheba’s bathroom and beckons to her while she was having a bath, Bathsheba didn’t resist, she responded to the call of David with both arms stretched, just like Van Persie. Of course the condition of living in the King’s palace is more palatable than Uriah’s little hut.
Maybe David shouldn’t have abused his vantage position (a king, at the roof top of his palace, peeking at a lady’s bathroom window). Some would argue it was Bathsheba’s fault; she wilfully surrendered herself to David. Others would blame it on the “man of God,” David – supposedly, “a man after God’s own heart.”
Some commentators would argue that there was nothing hostile about David’s takeover of Bathsheba, as she responded positively to the King’s call for unprotected leisure and unbridled passions; but to Uriah – Bathsheba’s husband, this was a very hostile takeover.
When a king takes over your wife unwillingly, it is a very hostile takeover. Yes, Bathsheba could have resisted the King and yes, Van Persie could have resisted Man U’s advances; but he did not.
King David’s midlife extramarital affair was recorded for all of us to read so that we may know that the bible is not out of date – just as it was in the beginning so it is now and forever shall be.
Joseph and Potiphar’s wife
There is a difference between David and Bathshebas and the invitation of Potiphar’s wife and Joseph’s resistance.
“and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded.” Genesis 39:7
Although Potiphar’s wife was a woman of authority, Joseph resisted her albeit at a huge cost. His resistance led him to prison.
Takeover or Crossover
Acquiring (“raiding”) an organisation despite the disapproval of, or open resistance from, its owners is a hostile takeover. The question is – Did Manchester United carry out a “raid” on Arsenal or did Van Persie choose to crossover?
Another question is Did King David carry out a raid on Bathsheba or did she cross over to a greener pasture in the King’s palace?
We’ve put this question forward to our Facebook friends and fans, interestingly, they think Bathsheba should be discharged and acquitted and David should stand trial for this hostile takeover.