Dutch striker Robin van Persie has been widely slated by the Arsenal fans for his controversial move from the Emirates to Manchester United last season. The striker was a popular figure with the Gunners’ fans prior to his transfer and had finished the 2011/12 season with 30 goals in the Premier League for Arsenal, helping the club qualify for the Champions League.
The former Arsenal captain though, decided to move on and join bitter rivals Manchester United due to the club’s perceived lack of ambition. His decision understandably did not go down well with the Gunners’ fans. The striker won his first ever Premier League title with Manchester United following his transfer which would have piled more misery on Arsenal fans.
However, former Arsenal and Netherlands star Marc Overmars feels that the fans should be happy with the transfer as van Persie provided six years of service to the club and got the club a great transfer fee considering the Dutchman was bought for only £1.5million. The 40-year old also went on to credit van Persie for his decision to move.
Van Persie became Netherlands all-time leading scorer last week surpassing Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert but Overmars had thought that the 30-year old would become a midfielder in the early part of his career and credited Arsene Wenger to turning him into one of the game’s most fearsome marksmen.
Overmars was speaking to Absolute Radio and said, “I didn’t expect that he would be a striker. I thought he would be a midfielder, but the boss, Arsene Wenger, was very good. At the time he bought excellent young players, and got Van Persie for £1.5million.
“When he came to Arsenal and got the chance to learn from Dennis Bergkamp, it was a great move for him. The transfer to Man United was not a big deal either. You have to give him credit.
“He played for Arsenal for six years. He performed and delivered and they got a great transfer, so everybody should be happy.”
Written by: Sarad Shrestha