'They're Gunner Be Fine'
Arsenal losing Van Persie was like us losing Arteta, says Moyes.
David Moyes says Arsenal will ‘move on’ from the sale of Robin van Persie, just as Everton did following Mikel Arteta’s departure to the Emirates Stadium.
The Blues recorded a seventh-place finish in last season’s Barclays Premier League after losing the Spanish midfielder to the Gunners the previous summer – form which has been continued into the current campaign.
Van Persie scored 61 goals in his final two seasons with Wednesday’s opponents, helping the north London club finish in the coveted Champions League positions.
And Moyes is convinced that Arsene Wenger, like himself, will find a way of evolving the team without such an influential player at his disposal.
“I think they have done well. To lose anybody of Van Persie’s stature would be a hard ask for any club,” said Moyes on the eve of the game.
“In our own way, we lost Mikel Arteta to Arsenal and lost one of our key players. What you have to do is get on with it and find other ways.
“The football club will always be bigger than any player or manager. You have to change and you have to move on.”
Arteta will be making his second return to Goodison after featuring in a 1-0 Arsenal win in March – the Blues’ last defeat at the stadium.
While hoping the former Real Sociedad man has a quiet 90 minutes on Wednesday, Moyes applauded the impact the 30-year-old made during his six-year stint on Merseyside.
The Everton boss added: “We don’t enjoy Mikel coming back in an Arsenal shirt because he is a great player, but we enjoy seeing him because he is a great lad. He was a big part of us developing and Everton moving forward.
“He is a very gifted footballer and was a great lad to work with.”
A crowd of over 35,000 is expected for the match and Moyes, once again, is encouraging the home supporters to play their part.
“Nobody gets it easy at Goodison, that’s for sure,” said the Scot. “Whether it be because of the team on the pitch or from the supporters in the stands – Goodison is always a hard place to come to.
“It’s a tough game for us but we have been playing quite well, so we look forward to it.”
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