Alan Shearer says Robin van Persie’s decision to swap Arsenal for Manchester United in 2012 was justified given the success he enjoyed right after leaving the Emirates Stafium.
In the latest episode of the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast, Shearer, Micah Richards and Gary Lineker were discussing the top 10 Premier League transfer shocks.
Van Persie’s controversial switch from Arsenal to Old Trafford made the list, with both Shearer and Richards ranking the move at number nine.
The Dutchman joined the Gunners in 2004 and spent eight years at the club, registering 132 goals and 55 assists from 278 competitive appearances.
During his time at Arsenal, Van Persie won the 2004 FA Community Shield and the 2004–05 FA Cup, and was club captain for the 2011–12 season.
In 2012, he made the move from the Gunners to the Red Devils in a £24million deal, with Sir Alex Ferguson going on to say how eager the player was to join their ranks.
“The boy wanted to come,” Ferguson said at the time. “He turned down various clubs.
“If he hadn’t told Arsenal he wanted to go to Manchester United, the transfer wouldn’t have happened.”
In his first season, he won the Premier League and finished as the league’s top scorer with 26 goals, winning his second consecutive Premier League Golden Boot award.
“I understood the pull,” Shearer told the podcast, as transcribed on BBC Sport.
“I can imagine he was slightly disappointed that Sir Alex Ferguson left after just one season of his time at United.
“What a decision, though – he won the Golden Boot and title in his first season, that justifies it.”
Van Persie spent three years at Manchester United before moving on to Fenerbahce and then finishing his career back at Feyenoord, the club where he came through the ranks.