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Van Persie apologises to Arsenal fans for leaving to join Manchester United

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Van Persie apologises to Arsenal fans for leaving to join Manchester United

Robin van Persie has spoken about his departure from Arsenal to join Manchester United in 2012.

Robin van Persie’s departure from Arsenal to join Manchester United in 2012 caused great acrimony at the Emirates Stadium.

Ultimately, it secured the Dutchman a Premier League winners medal but ruined his status on north London, with a player who could have been a legend then branded as a snake.

But he has been speaking to the BBC about that decision and said: “I get that the fans were angry with me. If I hurt people, I’m sorry. But that’s me. I made that decision and I stand by it.

 

“That doesn’t mean that I look in a negative way towards Arsenal. I cannot say one bad word about Arsenal Football Club – it is a beautiful football club. I don’t have a bad feeling towards anyone at Arsenal. If you make decisions like that, you’re not going to please everyone.”

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Van Persie’s decision to leave was a natural consequence of a club failing to tie down its best talent and neglecting to add to their squad.

Both were concerns that Arsenal fans were airing at the time – and still could legitimately complain about to this day.

But seeing your talisman leave for a major rival and then win the Premier League at the very first time of asking hurts and van Persie will know that as well.

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