The 2012 transfer of Robin Van Persie from Arsenal to Manchester United remains one of the biggest events in Premier League history. The Dutch striker explained his decision.
Robin Van Persie spent eight fruitful years with the Gunners until his £24 million move to Old Trafford stunned English football. As a result, Sir Alex Ferguson won his final league championship and RVP became victorious in the Premier League.
In a recent interview with The High-Performance Podcast, Van Persie said that one of the primary reasons he left Arsenal was because they wouldn’t offer him a new deal.
“But I can assure you on behalf of my kids that if someone shows proof that Arsenal made me an offer, I will give you a million [pounds] now, today,” he stated.
“It was up to Arsenal to decide not to extend a contract offer to me. It became evident after a few talks that our opinions regarding the club were divergent.
This statement not only emphasizes how bad the situation is, but it also calls attention to the player’s and the club’s lack of openness and communication during the contract negotiations. Van Persie made a lot of contributions to Arsenal throughout his tenure there, despite the lingering stigma surrounding his departure.
Since moving to Old Trafford, his influence has been indisputable. Along with winning the Golden Boot title for his 26 goals, he turned United into the Premier League champions and forged a strong offensive tandem with Wayne Rooney.
The trade for van Persie by Sir Alex Ferguson was a brilliant move. With just £24 million, he strengthened his team, undermined a rival side, and won the Premier League.
Unquestionably one of Man United’s greatest acquisitions ever!