Even though Van Persie’s explanation regarding what is one of the most controversial transfers in recent Premier League history is somewhat understandable, Arsenal fans are still upset with his move. The Dutch international moved to Old Trafford after spending over 8 seasons with the Gunners during which he managed to score 96 goals in 194 matches. He moved to Manchester United for 30 million euros and has had one of his best seasons yet since moving to the UK. He is now on a 4 year contract with United and according to his comments he could not be happier. Even if Van Persie started off life as a substitute with United, he is now one of the team regulars making the perfect offensive partnership with Rooney.
Metro reveals that when asked about his move, Van Persie said that it was time to move forward to a team that is a genuine trophy contender, clearly pointing to Arsenal’s lack of trophies during the past 8 years as the biggest reason for leaving. The Dutchman is not the first to leave in search of glory. Players such as Cole, Fabregas and Song also made the same decision based on the fact that Wenger failed to provide the Gunners the necessary tools to win any major competitions.
Van Persie started with Manchester United only a year ago and has already managed to realize his first major win. The Red Devils won the Premier League after their last fixture against Aston Villa with an amazing volley amongst the hat-trick scored by the Dutch international.
Arsenal are going to face Manchester on Sunday and many fans will not be pleased to see their former captain. According to several internet posts, they will turn their backs to the Red Devils because of Van Persie’s decision to leave Emirates. Their behavior will be used as a response to what they considered an unacceptable decision to leave by Van Persie.
Arsenal officials through Arsene Wenger have confirmed that the team will honor United’s title with a guard of honor before Sunday’s match. It is a classy move no matter how painful it is to see United win another trophy and the Gunners’ drought continue. Let’s hope we can take advantage of a United team which could well still be in party mood after winning the title on Monday night.