Recently, an autobiographical book by legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was released.
The French specialist also talked about the transfer of Robin van Persie to Manchester United in his book. Arsenal sold the Dutch striker to Manchester United in the summer of 2012.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s team defeated Manchester City in the title race, thanks to Van Persie. The Dutchman did not drop his form at Arsenal, nor did he drop the Red Devils, and the team won its twentieth Premier League title.
It is noteworthy that three years later, in the summer of 2015, Van Persie wanted to return to Arsenal. This time, Arsene Wenger himself did not want his return and refused the former player:
In 2012, he officially confirmed that he did not want to extend his contract with the club. Fans have criticized him a lot for selling him at Manchester United, but at the time 24 million was a pretty big amount. Do not forget that this amount was paid to the player who could leave the club as a free agent in one year.
Robin showed some amazing football in the first six or eight months of Manchester debut season. Manchester’s biggest advantage in the championship race was due to him.
In the following seasons, he missed quite a lot due to injury. Consequently, 3 years after the transfer, Manchester decided to sell him. It was at this time that he called me and told me that he wanted to return to Arsenal, which was unbelievable at the time. He was nearing the end of his career, and we were focusing on adding young players.