Robin Van Persie was one of the most prolific Arsenal strikers of the modern era and the Dutchman was well loved and respected by Arsenal fans. However, the relationship took a turn for the worse and got sour when RvP’s switch to arch-rivals Manchester United was confirmed.
Speaking to BT Sport , ahead of the Arsenal’s match against Burnley, the ‘flying’ Dutchman spoke in length of how Arsenal fans were anyway sick of him before he made the switch.
‘I think you can compare it with being married,’ he told BT Sport. ‘Me and Arsenal were married for eight years and after eight years my wife got a bit tired of me. I felt that.
‘I had loads of chats with Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis about signing a new contract but they didn’t offer me a new deal so I had to explore my options.’
Given his performances the previous season, which saw him score 44 goals in 57 games for club and country, the move was irritating majorly for Arsenal fans.
‘I knew how they would react, but I had to make a decision because I didn’t have an offer (from Arsenal),’ he added. ‘I have no regrets about my decision, and I hold no grudge towards Arsenal.
‘I understand that fans form their opinions based on the information they have but in every marriage things happen behind the scenes.
‘I’ve chosen not to speak about why I left for seven years, but it’s important that they know why. Arsenal is a beautiful club with beautiful fans and Arsene gave me the chance to play in the best league in the world.’
‘There were three options, one from abroad, which disappeared pretty quickly, and then Manchester United or Manchester City,’ he said.
‘Sir Alex gave me the best feeling. It was a fresh challenge and that is what you go for. You look at the teams, coaching staff, team-mates, as well as the area your family will live. It was the right choice at that time.’