Arsene Wenger reveals he SNUBBED Robin van Persie’s plea to rejoin Arsenal from Premier League rivals Manchester United because the Dutchman was ‘on the finish of his profession’
- Robin van Persie performed for Arsenal between the years of 2004 and 2012
- But he controversially moved from Arsenal to fierce rivals Manchester United
- His transfer to Old Trafford sparked fury amongst Arsenal followers eight years in the past
- Arsene Wenger has now revealed that Van Persie wished to return to Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has sensationally revealed how Robin van Persie bought in contact with him to try to organize a return to Arsenal from Manchester United in 2015.
Van Persie spent eight years with the Gunners between 2004 and 2012 however controversially departed the Emirates for fierce rivals United in his quest for the Premier League title.
His transfer to Old Trafford sparked fury amongst Arsenal supporters, and in his first season at United, Van Persie lifted the Premier League after starring within the title run.
Arsene Wenger has revealed Robin van Persie requested to come again to Arsenal in 2015
Van Persie discovered himself on the fringes of United’s first-team underneath Louis van Gaal
However, after Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure issues have been by no means fairly the identical once more for Van Persie and he discovered himself enjoying a bit-part position in 2015 underneath Louis van Gaal, and was searching for a transfer away.
Speaking about Van Persie in his new autobiography, ‘Arsene Wenger: My Life in Red and White’, the legendary French supervisor revealed: ‘In 2012, he introduced his intention not to lengthen his contract. All the large golf equipment have been courting him. I offered him to Manchester United.
‘The supporters have been indignant with me for this however we couldn’t match the provide. I managed to negotiate his departure for £24million, which was an enormous quantity on the time for a participant with a yr left on his contract. I had solely the curiosity of the membership in thoughts.
‘My relationship with Alex Ferguson and Manchester United had improved by then, however each switch is a well mannered recreation of poker the place you try to not give something away.
Van Persie completed high scorer within the Premier League as United raced to the title in 2012-13
Van Persie controversially celebrates after scoring in opposition to his former membership Arsenal in 2013
‘Van Persie had a improbable first six months at Old Trafford: he put the workforce on observe for the Premiership title and made it much more troublesome for us.
‘But after three years of the 4 that he signed for, he was injured and Ferguson [note: it was actually Louis van Gaal] offered him to the Turkish membership Fenerbahce.
‘He known as me as a result of he wished to come again, but it surely was unimaginable: he was on the finish of his profession and we have been investing in younger gamers.’
By that point, there was no turning again for Van Persie due to Arsenal followers’ ill-feeling in direction of him following his departure to United.
The Dutchman netted 132 targets for Arsenal in 278 matches earlier than departing for United
The former Dutch striker scored 132 occasions for the Gunners in 278 matches, successful one FA Cup in 2005 and ending a Champions League runner-up a yr later.
However, Van Persie determined to search a transfer to United so as to combat for the largest honours in European soccer.
During his time at Old Trafford, Van Persie received the Premier League in his first season underneath Sir Alex Ferguson, by which he completed high scorer within the top-flight with 26 targets to his identify.
But simply two years later, Van Persie discovered himself on the fringes and would finally transfer to Turkish outfit Fenerbahce in 2015.