Former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger revealed how Robin Van Persie had asked to return to the North London Club in 2015. However, at that time the club refused to recruit the Dutch striker again.
Arsenal had relied heavily on Van Persie, starting from the time the player broke into the first team in 2004. Then in 2012, surprisingly the player joined one of the rival clubs, Manchester United.
Obviously, this transfer immediately sparked a stir in itself, especially among the fans. Especially seeing the fact that Van Persie at that time immediately became the mainstay of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils on the front lines.
He immediately hit it off, scoring 26 goals in his first season with Manchester United and leading the club to the Premier League title.
Wenger then told in his book ‘Wenger: My Life in Red and White’, that in fact Van Persie had refused a contract extension from the club since early 2012.
Of course Arsenal didn’t want to lose the player on a free transfer and in the end they let Van Persie go to a rival club, Manchester U
“In 2012, he announced his intention not to renew his contract. All the big clubs are seducing him. I sold him to Manchester United. The fans were angry with me because of this but we cannot match that offer.”
“Van Persie had a fantastic first six months at Old Trafford: he put the team on the right track for the Premier League title and made it even more difficult for us,” said Wenger.
However, Van Persie’s good times with Manchester United were brief. When Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire in 2013, MU was no longer able to compete in the title race.
Then, Van Persie’s relationship with Van Gaal deteriorated, as a result in 2015 the player volunteered to return to Arsenal, but led to rejection.
“He called me because he wanted to come back, but that is not possible: he is at the end of his career and we are investing in young players,” explained Wenger.