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.”
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.