Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has finally revealed the reason he opted to leave the Gunners and make the switch to Manchester United in one of the most controversial moves in the London club’s history.
Van Persie had developed into one of the most feared strikers during his time at Arsenal. In the 2011/12 season, he netted 30 times in just 38 league games. However, in a highly-publicized move, he opted to join Manchester United that summer for just £22.5m.
Robin van Persie joined Manchester United in 2012 in stunning move from Arsenal
The move obviously left Arsenal fans fuming, and to rub salt into their wounds, Van Persie helped United win the title that very season, scoring 26 league goals.
However, the Dutchman has now revealed in an interview with BT Sport that the Gunners had grown tired of him and did not want him at the club anymore.
According to van Persie, despite numerous chats with the Arsenal management, he was never offered a new contract.
Van Persie finally reveals reason for his controversial switch
He also revealed that his only options were Manchester United and Manchester City and that he was forced to choose the former.
“I think you can compare it with being married. Me and Arsenal were married for eight years. 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.“
Van Persie went on to explain that he held no grudges towards the Arsenal fans and completely understood their reactions at the time. However, he has now decided to speak out as they deserve to know the reason he left the club at such a period of time.