Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has elaborated on his controversial transfer from Arsenal in 2012, likening his Emirates Stadium exit to a husband separating from his wife.
The ex-Netherlands international sparked outrage among the north London club’s fanbase when he switched to Old Trafford for a fee of £22.5 million ($27.3m) after an eight-year spell with the Gunners.
Speaking to BT Sport in his new role as an on-screen pundit, the 36-year-old finally opened up on the details of the move, insisting that then Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had failed to offer him a new contract.
However, the Dutchman’s claims are in direct contrast to an open letter he penned at the time of deal, in which he said that, after much deliberation, he had chosen not to extend his contract in the English capital.
“You can compare me being at Arsenal to being married,” said the former Feyenoord forward. “Me and my wife - Arsenal - were married for eight years.
“After eight years, my wife, possibly got a bit tired of me. Those are the facts.
“If Arsenal are not offering you a new deal... you can have different views on things but the fact is Arsenal never offered me a new deal.
“Then you have a look around. I was ambitious. I still wanted to win the league. That is life.
“I ended up having three options. One option abroad disappeared quickly. Then it was City or Manchester United."
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