For most of Robin van Persie's eight years at Arsenal, success has stayed frustratingly out of reach.
The team has looked poised for glory, only to lose key players and take a step backwards.
At 29, time is not Van Persie's friend and his desire to win at the club - cited in his statement on Wednesday - is completely understandable.
He has not submitted a transfer request, nor has he gone on a three-month golf break in Argentina. He has merely stated that he will not renew his contract, which is entirely his right.
But what does he hope to achieve by leaving? Win trophies, he says.
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