He burst on to the screen as flying winger from Holland with a tempestuous temper to boot. His career has been filled with sensational goals, technical class and many magical moments. He is one of the lucky few who has got the chance to play for both Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson. He is Robin Van Persie.
Arsene to the Rescuse !
No one was quite sure about how he would turn out. He was floundering in the reserve team of Feyenoord when Wenger signed Robin Van Persie for around 2 million pounds. His left foot was as sharp as his tongue which had led to several instances of aggressive and reckless behavior on his part under previous managers. But not Wenger.
Eight years later, Van Persie was the best striker on the planet and wanted to leave Arsenal. His move to Manchester United was will go down as one of the most high profile transfers in the history of the Premier League. History will tell you that Van Persie justified the 25 million that was paid for his services as he led United to a 20th League title. A couple of injury hit seasons later he departed United for Fenerbache.
It was a move that surprised many, including Arsene Wenger. Wenger called him “One of the best he has ever worked with” and Van Persie later replied by calling Wenger “Someone who I will always respect and be grateful for”. It would not be wrong to suggest that a return to Arsenal would be out of order.