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Robin Van Persie Gives Brutally Honest Interview About His Time At Arsenal

Jack Kenmare

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Robin Van Persie Gives Brutally Honest Interview About His Time At Arsenal

Robin van Persie admits he didn't feel Arsenal were on a level to compete during his time at the club.

The 37-year-old, who joined the club in 2004 from Feyenoord for just £2.75 million, scored 132 goals in all competitions during an eight year spell in North London, becoming the eighth top goalscorer in Arsenal's history.

Then in a controversial move, Van Persie decided to join long-time rivals Manchester United in 2012; a move that led him to lifting the Premier League trophy for the very first time.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Eight years after joining United, the former striker has now opened up about his career in a recent interview with Kaj Gorgels, where he spoke about "the sensitive topic" of leaving Arsenal to join Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, amongs other things.

"At Arsenal, I didn't feel like we were on the level to compete." he said.

"One day, The chairman of Arsenal showed me how healthy the club was by showing me their positive numbers. I told him: 'I don't give a sh*t about these numbers, I want to lift the Premier League trophy."


In addition to more topics translated by Twitter user @TheEuropeanLad, Van Persie spoke about a potential transfer to Juventus, the press in England and more.

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Van Persie also opened up about the area of Arsene Wenger's side that let the team down and how he really wanted the club to bring in Italian centre-back Giorgio Chiellini.

"I played against him (Chiellini) a few times and he is really a winner. You saw that a few weeks ago against the Dutch national team," Van Persie said.

"He's 36, but gives 9 elbows smiling. He keeps on smiling and doesn't even get a yellow card. You need those kind of winners, killers, you need them.

"My own experiences...we were very good at the front and scored a lot, but your keeper and your last line are the foundation of your team."

Featured Image Credit: PA/Kaj Gorgels/YouTube

Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Robin van Persie, Premier League, Arsenal

Jack Kenmare
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