Robin van Persie was once a cult-hero of Arsenal, until he burned his bridges with the Gunners by moving to Manchester United, becoming public enemy number one – until Cesc Fabregas signed for Chelsea, that is.
Ahead of his return to English football tonight in the Europa League – Turkish giants Fenerbahce travel to face Manchester United – the Dutch international has irked Arsenal fans on Twitter with some controversial comments in which he called the Manchester club “home“.
Considering he made 277 appearances for Arsenal and just 105 for Manchester United, it’s quite a strange comment and, understandably, Gunners fans are furious – although some of them stated they couldn’t care less, having cut ties to their former captain long ago.
It will still add salt to the wounds, which have only recently started to heal, of Gooners and the pain is unlikely to be fully gone until Arsenal finally get their hands on the Premier League crown that has eluded them since they went unbeaten in the 2003/04 season.
Arsenal fans who still love Van Persie are the type to say 'babe, we can make it work' when their girl cheats on them
— TF⁹ (@TheFalseNein) October 19, 2016
Van Persie has called ManUtd "home" on his return to Old Trafford with Fenerbahçe for tonight's UEL clash.
Arsenal must have been a hotel..
— J. Moha (@jamesezimoha) October 19, 2016
Kim Kallstrom is adored at Arsenal than Van Persie. We don't recognize snakes ????
— iWOBi (@peterpkei) October 20, 2016
Robin Van Persie is a bigger snake than Littlefinger. Wow.
— The Softer Bum (@Kayy_ZA) October 19, 2016
RvP still thinks he's relevant in 2016 https://t.co/buo2pZA4pj
— Sam (@samuelJayC) October 19, 2016
United what a tinpot club now, it's a Champions League night and they're talking about RVP returning back to Old Trafford
— Olly (@Giroudesquee) October 19, 2016
I don't really care what RVP says, he's entitled to his opinion. Lets focus on the now, not the past…
— Keith McIndoe (@kcrm1980) October 20, 2016
I don't care what RVP thinks/says. I'm pretty sure most other fans won't either….. #Arsenal
— Ricki Kerbey (@kerbey) October 19, 2016