- Arsene Wenger reveals he had a chance to re-sign Van Persie from Man United but he turned it down
- The forward joined the Red Devils for £24m in 2012
- After winning the Premier League title, the Dutchman tried re-joining the Gunners
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has recounted how he turned down a chance to re-sign Robin van Persie.
The Dutchman left the North London club for Manchester United in a four-year deal valued around £24 million.
His move away from the Emirates Stadium back then got the Gunners supporters furious despite having one year left on his contract.
The French tactician claims he was not ready to let go of the Dutchman but he forced his way out of Old Trafford in the process according to SunSport.
Wenger further stated that the attacker made attempts to return to the club immediately after winning the Premier League title with the Red Devils, but it was impossible.
The Sun quoting the 70-year-old's autobiography:
"In 2012, [Van Persie] announced his intention not to extend his contract. All the big clubs were courting him. I sold him to Manchester United.
"The supporters were angry with me for this but we could not match the offer. I managed to negotiate his departure for £24million, which was a huge amount at the time for a player with a year left on his contract. "I had only the interest of the club in mind.
"My relationship with Alex Ferguson and Manchester United had improved by then, but every transfer is a polite game of po'ker where you attempt to not give anything away.
"Van Persie had a fantastic first six months at Old Trafford: he put the team on track for the Premiership title and made it even more difficult for us."
Instead, Wenger decided to sign youngsters including Ismael Bennacer, Mohamed Elneny, Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Donyell Malen to fortify his squad. However, most of them failed to thrive at the Emirates Stadium.
The 37-year-old Dutchman on his defence claims the London club failed to offer him a new deal while speaking with Sport last year.
"You have to take a lot on and make a choice based on what your targets are but also deal with the facts.
"One of the main facts was that Arsenal got tired of me. That was the starting point - they didn't offer me a new deal."
In eight years at the club, he bagged 132 goals including 37 in the season before his exit.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Arsene Wenger has enjoined Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to get German footballer Mesut Ozil involved in his team this season in all competitions.
Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal in 2013 from Spanish champions Real Madrid, and it was Arsene Wenger who was the manager then at the Emirates stadium.
A year after Mesut Ozil joined the Gunners, he went on to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup with the German senior men's national team.
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