Robin van Persie reveals he had one doubt about leaving Arsenal to sign for Man Utd

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Jul 2020 5:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link336Shares Robin van Persie joined Man Utd from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 (Picture: Getty)The ‘little boy inside him’ infamously convinced Robin van Persie to defect from Arsenal to Manchester United, but the former Red Devils striker admits he did have one doubt in his mind when he moved from the Emirates to Old Trafford.The former Netherlands international left the Gunners in acrimonious circumstances in the summer of 2012 when he openly criticised Arsene Wenger’s transfer policy and claimed Arsenal were incapable of matching his ambition.United ultimately beat Manchester City to his signature, agreeing a £24million deal for a player who had just over a year remaining on his contract. Van Persie was an instant hit at his new club, but after enjoying so many battles against the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and the like, he was unsure how he would be received in the dressing room.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘There was a question from my point of view as well, before I signed, just to check how the older players were looking at me coming to play there,’ Van Persie told United’s official website. Robin van Persie reveals he had one doubt about leaving Arsenal to sign for Man Utd Robin van Persie’s goals fired Manchester United to the 2012/13 title (Picture: Getty)‘I wanted to know if they were ok with it or not, because we had been competing for the last eight years and we are all human. ‘What was important for me was that the guys would accept me as the player and person that I am. After I checked that, everything was positive.’Asked how he found out what his new team-mates thought of him, Van Persie added: ‘Through [Rene] Meulensteen, the assistant coach. He did that and everyone was very positive. After that, it was like the training sessions were different – because it is different with every coach, it is not better or worse, it is just different. More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘But what I noticed with myself, if you look at my body for example, of course during the first couple of years with Arsenal, when I was 25 and 26, if you compare that body physically to the body I had after a year in Manchester, there was more muscles. ‘It was stronger, you could see it from my upper body, from my bum, there were a couple more kilos there and it was all muscle, which must be – because I sometimes I ask myself the question why that was – because of the training sessions and the gym sessions that we did.’MORE: Jack Grealish advised to join big club like Manchester United or Tottenham by Gabby AgbonlahorMORE: Anthony Martial must show more ‘desire and passion’, says Manchester United legend Andy ColeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentlast_img read more

Arsenal: Jack Wilshere & four others sign new contracts

first_imgJack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson have signed long-term contracts at Arsenal.Midfielder Wilshere, 20, who returned in October after 15 months out injured, has signed until 2018.The other four players have committed to between four and five further years.“I believe when you have a core of British players, it’s always easier to keep them together,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.“We are delighted that these five young players have all signed new long-term contracts. “The plan is to build a team around a strong basis of young players in order to get them to develop their talent at the club.” Wenger is hopeful that Theo Walcott will also commit his future to the club.The England international’s contract expires in June 2013. Chelsea, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs have been linked with moves.Wilshere has made over 70 appearances for Arsenal since his first-team debut in 2008.He developed into a key player for the club in the 2010-11 season but missed the whole of the last campaign with a knee injury.Wilshere has played 10 games for Arsenal since returning in October, Wales international midfielder Ramsey, 21, has made over 120 appearances, scoring 10 goals, while defender Gibbs, 23, has started almost 40 games for Wenger’s side.Winger Oxlade-Chamberlain, 19, joined Arsenal from Southampton in a £15m deal in August 2011 and has featured regularly this season, while defender Jenkinson, 20, has made 10 Premier League starts. Wenger added: “Jack [Wilshere] is certainly the best known, the leader of this group – but the other four players are exceptional footballers and we’re very happy that we could conclude their new deals at the same time.“Gibbs, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey and Wilshere represent a core of the squad and it’s an extension for a long period for all of them.”last_img read more