Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his surprise at seeing Robin van Persie leave Manchester United for Turkish side Fenerbahce this week, claiming that the Red Devils, as well as the Premier League as a whole, have lost a special talent.
31-year-old Van Persie spent eight seasons with Wenger at Arsenal, becoming club captain during the 2011/12 season – his last at the club. The striker left the Gunners for United in July 2012, when he told the north London outfit he would not be signing a new contract and wanted to leave.
Despite maintaing a prolific scoring rate at Old Trafford and lifting the league title in his first season, Van Persie found it difficult to break into the first team last year, and was informed by compatriot van Gaal towards the end of the campaign that his services would no longer be needed at United.
However, Wenger remained shocked at his departure, believing the player still has something to offer in the Premier League.
“I’m surprised that Robin van Persie goes to Turkey this summer,” he said.
“He’s a loss for English football because he’s an exceptional player, one of best I’ve managed, with an exceptional technique. I don’t know what happened, why he leaves, but he’s a loss to the Premier League.”