Manchester United Transfer News: Robin van Persie Had Dropped Arsenal Contract In The Bin
Robin van Persie (Photo: Reuters)
Manchester United hitman Robin van Persie made a controversial move from Arsenal to the Old Trafford Stadium during the summer transfer window.
The move was widely criticized by Arsenal fans who went berserk criticizing their French manager Arsene Wenger even though it was the board of directors who were responsible for the move.
Now, it has emerged the Gunners did offer the Dutchman a good sum, but he refused to stay on at the Emirates Stadium.
The Dutch international has so far scored 19 goals in 25 appearances for the Red Devils and his form is constantly on the upswing.
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Finally, Van Persie has broken his silence on why he made the move from Emirates Stadium to Old Trafford.
"It wasn't easy to leave the Gunners. I didn't want to. But this was a lifetime opportunity," the 29-year-old told talkSPORT recently.
"My kids are both Gooners (sic), so it was tough. But I've more than doubled my wage, which is ace."
"That gives my two little ones a better chance in life. I know the baby is upset, but I had to leave."
"It still makes me laugh to think about the new contract I was offered by them."
"I said, 'Oh really?' Then I dropped it in the bin and packed my bags."
In December, Arsenal's Uzbek shareholder Alisher Usmanov slammed the club's decision to sell off Robin Van Persie to rivals Manchester United.
Speaking to American broadcaster CNBC, the Gunners second-largest shareholder said that the board let down manager Arsene Wenger by selling off the Dutch striker.
The Netherlands international been on a purple patch throughout the entire season and that has helped United reach the top slot on the Premier League table with 52 points in 21 games.
"This decision (losing Van Persie) was a mistake," he said, of the £24million summer transfer.
It has also been reported that Van Persie had turned down a massive offer from rivals Manchester City during the summer transfer window.
Earlier, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has often been criticized for letting Van Persie go, revealed that City made an offer for the Dutchman before he had decided to leave for Old Trafford.
Wenger confirmed that Van Persie had turned down a £300,000-a-week offer from City to join United for a £24-million fee.
He became the first player since Viv Anderson to move from Emirates Stadium to Old Trafford. The deal was widely criticized by Arsenal fans and even Wenger wasn't spared.
"It is true that Manchester City [were] interested in him and he has chosen to go to United," Wenger had said recently.
Van Persie had played for Arsenal from 2004 to 2012 appearing in 194 matches in which he found 96 times - an impressive record.