Why was Robin van Persie offloaded to a rival club?

After spending 8 seasons at the Emirates Stadium as a player of Arsenal, Robin van Persie made a move to Manchester United and this was a controversial transfer as the Dutch attacker joined a rival club of Arsenal.

This transfer was completed back on August of 2012 and during the season of 2011-12, Manchester United finished in 2nd place while Arsenal had to settle with a 3rd place finish.

So, why would Arsene Wenger allow Robin van Persie to leave and join one of their main rivals? The French manager has recently revealed the reason of why he gave the green light to make this transfer happen.

During one of the latest press conferences of Arsene Wenger, he was asked about Robin van Persieand what was his reasoning behind letting him go to Manchester United, the 67 year old manager said:


“I let Van Persie go in the last year of his contract because he was 29, going on 30 and he was signing a long-term contract.That is not the case with Alexis. I personally think he will sign and stay here.”

One of the questions that Arsenal supporters are constantly asking Arsene Wenger has been in relation to Alexis Sanchez and if the Chilean player will have the same destiny as Robin van Persie.



Robin van Persie has been highly respected for his services to the Netherlands national team.

The Dutch striker won his 100th cap when he featured in the final minutes of a 2–1 away victory over Kazakhstan in Euro 2016 qualifying last October.

And the former Manchester United and Arsenal man has taken to Instagram to flaunt the awards he has been presented with for reaching the milestone of 100th commemoration cap.

“I am more than happy to have received the UEFA 100th commemoration cap, the KNVB golden plate and the UEFA 100 Club medal at home,” Van Persie captioned the images.

“I am proud I had the opportunity to be able to receive this. It has been a milestone in my career. Thank you KNVB, UEFA, FIFA for organizing great matches and amazing tournaments and to all of those who have been there and who have been supporting me along the way.”

The Fenerbahce in-form striker, who happens to be the eighth man from Netherlands to manage a century of caps, is his country’s all-time leading goal scorer with 50 goals to his name

Regardless of never having won international silverware, Van Persie noticeably participated in leading the team to a runner-up and third place finish in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups respectively.


Louis van Gaal has revealed that he does not expect striker Robin van Persie

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that he does not expect striker Robin van Persie to be fit for the match against Manchester City this weekend.

The Dutchman has missed the last five matches due to an ankle injury. United have not missed their talisman striker during this period, as Wayne Rooney has been scoring a lot of goals since been reinstated as the striker. Even if van Persie is available for selection against City, it is looking highly unlikely that Van Gaal may change the personnel or formation given the way the team has been playing in the last two months.

United remain in with a shout for the Premier League title after managing a 3-1 win over Aston Villa last weekend. This kept them in touch with Chelsea and Arsenal while it also helped them leapfrog Manchester City into the third place after Manuel Pellegrini’s men lost against Crystal Palace. It is widely speculated that this may be van Persie’s final season at United, as the 31-year-old is believed to be looking at pastures new. Even though he holds a special relationship with Van Gaal, his inability to find the net on a regular basis in the last two seasons is believed to be the reason.



Along with Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Wayne Rooney one of the other main attacking stars of Manchester United is Robin van Persie but the Dutchman is not going through the best of times and van Persie is far from being the same player that he once was when he made his debut season as a player of Manchester United where he managed to score 26 goals.

In the current year Robin van Persie has scored less than 13 goals for Manchester United in the Premier League and Louis van Gaal himself has admitted that the Dutchman is struggling to find his form of some time ago.

A few weeks ago on November 22, Arsenal hosted Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium and this match was one of the worst for Robin van Persie as he made a total of 13 touches on the ball and was anonymous throughout the entire match as he did not contribute in any way for his team during their 2-1 victory over Arsenal. Robin van Persie was substituted out of the match and replaced by the 19 years old forward James Wilson in the 2nd half.

When the match was over Louis van Gaal had a few things to say concerning the form of Robin van Persie as the Dutch manager said:

“I do think 13 is few for a striker. I want to improve that. You can count his touches on the ball but more important is how he is playing. It was a very bad game for him. That is why I changed him. When I change a player, it is not because he is the best player on the pitch. You are doing something wrong. I believe in the players. When I change them, normally, it is because they are doing something not good in their performance’’

Robin van Persie managed to score a morale boosting goal during Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over Hull City as the Dutchman is starting to find the back of the net and his confidence is building up once more.