Robin van Persie sorry if he hurt Arsenal fans with Manchester United move in 2012, but has no regrets


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The striker won the Premier League in his first season with the Red Devils after moving from the Gooners

Robin van Persie apologised to any Arsenal fans he hurt by moving to title rivals Manchester United in 2012 but insists he has no regrets over the transfer.

The Dutch striker called time on his glittering career after a final season with Feyenoord, the club he started at.

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Robin van Persie scored 144 Premier League goals during his time in England

The 35-year-old scored 132 goals for the Gunners in 278 games across eight seasons.

United signed him in 2012 and he helped them lift the Premier League title in his first season under Sir Alex Ferguson.

“At crucial moments you have to make tough decisions,” van Persie told the BBC. “It was a very tough decision and I get that fans were angry as I was the captain and top scorer.

“Sometimes you feel like you need a challenge and new adventure. If I hurt people I’m sorry. I made that decision and I stand by it.”

Van Persie joined Arsenal for £2.75m in 2004

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Van Persie joined Arsenal for £2.75m in 2004

The striker worked under two of the Premier League’s greatest ever managers in his stints at Arsenal and Man United.

Van Persie could not pick between Arsene Wenger or Sir Alex Ferguson.

He said: “Me and Arsene Wenger never had an argument or a big fight. Sometimes on certain levels we had different ideas.

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“He was one of the big reasons why I signed. Sir Alex really pushed the guys to pass the ball to me and if it goes in in the crucial games and crucial moments then after a few months everyone at the club had the feeling it was going to be our year.”

Van Persie also backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to succeed at Old Trafford and he just needs to be given time.


He added: “Everyone wants to look at the bigger picture. The way he presents the club is the proper way, in my opinion.

“He is positive and wants to achieve big things with the club. I think he is just having a bad spell.”





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