Robin van Persie claims that he left Arsenal for Manchester United seven years ago because they ‘got tired’ of him and refused to offer him a new deal.
The Dutchman left Arsenal for Manchester United for £24m in 2012 and immediately won the Premier League title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge.
Van Persie appeared on BT as a pundit for Arsenal’s clash with Burnley and explained why he had left the Gunners after eight years.
“You can compare [me being at Arsenal] to being married. Me and my wife – Arsenal – were married for eight years.
“After eight years, my wife, possibly got a bit tired of me. Those are the facts.
“If Arsenal are not offering you a new deal… you can have different views on things but the fact is Arsenal never offered me a new deal.
“Then you have a look around. I was ambitious. I still wanted to win the league. That is life.
“What people don’t know, during the transfer, loads of things are happening behind the scenes.
“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.
“We had loads of chats with Wenger, with [Ivan] Gazidis. They gave me no decision to make.”