The move of Robin van Persie from Arsenal to Manchester United in 2012 caused a lot of pain an anger among the Gunners’ supporters. Arsene Wenger reveals in his new book “My Life in Red and White”, that a lot of the blame was laid at his door.
Robin van Persie was never offered a deal extension prior to his leaving the Gunners to join their rival, Manchester United, he told BT Sport. The controversial move took place in 2012 and it cost the Red Devils £24 million.
The former Dutch forward spent eight years at the Emirates Stadium after joining from his hometown club Feyenoord for £2.75 million in May 2004. He fit in well into the team and met the club’s expectations performance-wise. In total, he scored 132 goals in 278 games for the Gunners over eight seasons.
The modern era of football can be a bit tricky to get through sometimes, mainly because there are so many elements of it that most of us just don’t like. So then, if it ever comes to the point where there’s a choice between watching a game from last week or a game from over a decade ago, we’re going to choose the latter every single time. Is that us just taking things too far in the battle between new vs old? Maybe, but we’re mainly just doing this because Arsenal used to be pretty good at football.
It’s time for us to take yet another trip down memory lane, and it’s certainly a positive journey this time around. On this day in 2010, the Gunners tore through Fulham on their way to confirming that St Totteringham’s Day would be going ahead as they secured 3rd spot in the Premier League above their bitter rivals. It was a long and difficult season, but in the end, they managed to get the job done.
Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie is reportedly keen to leave the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium this summer with the likes of Stoke City and Middlesbrough the frontrunners for his signature. Van Persie is 33/1 to join Arsenal ahead of the new season, but it appears the Gunners aren’t looking to renew acquaintances with their former star.
The Dutch international spent eight years at Arsenal between 2004-2012, scoring 132 goals in 277 games. However, his time with the Gunners was rife with injury and saw the 32-year-old playing in just 63% of Arsenal’s Premier League games. Despite his fitness woes, manager Arsene Wenger stuck by the striker and turned him into one of Europe’s finest centre-forward.
According to various sources, Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie could be returning to the Premier League this summer, with the 32-year-old reportedly having been offered to two London clubs recently. Van Persie scored 20 goals in all competitions last season for the Turkish club, but he was rumoured to be having his contract terminated during a bittersweet debut campaign.
The Dutch international is on a big salary, but he’s unlikely to cost much in the way of a transfer fee given his age. Crystal Palace and West Ham United are keen to recruit his services, but former side Arsenal are said to be considering tabling an offer too. Van Persie scored 132 goals in 277 games for Arsenal between 2004-2012, eventually leaving to join Manchester United.
According for Spanish news outlet Don Balon, Manchester united are attempting to pull-off a shock move for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez. United boss Louis van Gaal is reported to have made contact with the Chilean and told him that he would be a key player for the Red Devils.
Paris Saint Germain has also been linked with the forward, who is currently favourite to win PFA Player of the Year at odds of 7/2. Sanchez has struggled to have an impact in the last few games, but he still has seven goals in his last ten games.
Robin van Persie looks far from happy at new club Fenerbahce this season, with the experienced striker being used sparingly in games, while reports allege of a bust-up between the Dutchman and manager Vitor Pereira. The 32-year-old ended an 11-year stay in England to join up with the Turkish Super Lig title-chasers, but has made more appearances off the bench than he has starts in the division.
According to the Daily Express, Juventus have rejected a bid of around £8.5million from Sevilla for Spanish striker Fernando Llorente. The Express also claimed that both Arsenal and Premier League rivals Manchester United are interested in signing the giant striker.
It seems that the Bianconeri are not budging from their £10.5million valuation of the striker who they signed from Athletic Bilbao on a free transfer in 2013.
He struggled for first team football last season. His chances of first team football this season have also been decreased by Juve signing Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic. It now seems he is set to leave to leave Turin.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will join Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce this summer, with manager Louis van Gaal deeming him surplus to requirements after a disappointing last season. There was surprisingly little interest from sides in the Premier League for the Dutchman, and no links at all to his former side Arsenal, but would he have been welcome back at the Emirates?