A number of Arsenal fans have reacted to Robin van Persie’s comments on Ivan Gazidis when talking about his controversial departure from the Emirates Stadium in 2012.
Speaking on Jake Humphrey’s High Performance Podcast, the Dutchman lifted the lid on his move from Arsenal to Manchester United.
With just one year left on his contract at the Emirates, Van Persie announced that he would not be penning fresh terms and subsequently moved to Old Trafford in a cut-price £24million deal.
The 36-year-old claimed back in August last year that Arsenal never offered him a new contract, as was reported by BT Sport.
He has now claimed that the reason he left was because Gazidis, Arsenal’s former CEO, didn’t agree to his seven-point plan.
“After many conversations, it became clear that we had different ideas about the club,” Van Persie told the High Performance Podcast.
“I had seven points where I thought Arsenal could improve and, in my opinion, those seven points, they should start dealing with those straightaway to compete with the best teams.
“Yeah [I remember what they were] but it doesn’t really matter what points they were. What matters is Ivan decided that he didn’t agree on one single point of those seven points, which is fair enough.
“So taking that information on board, Arsenal doesn’t offer me a deal. They didn’t agree with my views, my views were only to help.”
Van Persie’s comments yielded a mixed reaction from the Gunners fanbase, as can be seen in the social media comments below:
RVP was a player, not a manager / director. When he issued his statement in 2012, he said the club didn’t take his points on board. Arsenal were in a tough spot at the time, and he would not have been privy to the finances. Gazidas was right not to give in to player power.
— Adam Keys (@_AdamKeys) April 20, 2020
We don’t know what RVP was asking and Gazidis has won virtually nothing since. Hard to call him right imo
— Youngbr2002 (@youngbr2002) April 20, 2020
If this is the case then i dont blame van persie for leaving.
— TD (@ELNENNYYY) April 20, 2020
Not a fan of Gazidis but if true he was quite right to shut RVP down. He was a player not a director of football.
— JoshArsenal (@JoshArsenalFC) April 20, 2020
He was captain and our best player he had every right actually to offer his input. Look at us now.
— Ö (@dxcoyg) April 20, 2020
RvP doesn’t need to explain anything to anybody.
He did what he had to do.
Only naive fans will hate on him.
— Aduramimo Oludare (@dreywandowski) April 20, 2020