Why Arsenal HAD to sell Robin van Persie to Manchester United

Manchester United’s offer for Robin van Persie was just too good to turn down, according to Arsenal’s former transfer negotiator Dick Law.

The Dutchman spent eight years in north London and was at the peak of his goalscoring powers when he decided to swap the Emirates for Old Trafford in what remains one of the most acrimonious transfer sagas in Premier League history.

United agreed to pay Arsenal £24million for a 29-year-old whose career had regularly been interrupted by injuries and, given Arsenal’s precarious financial situation, the Gunners had little option but to allow their captain to defect to one of their main rivals.

Van Persie’s goals subsequently drove United to the Premier League title but his career quickly fizzled out following Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to call time on his illustrious career.

‘We did everything we could to keep Robin,’ said Law told Goal.

‘He was 29 when he moved, he had a year left and wanted to do his very best in arguably his next-to-last contact – or even his last contract.

‘In every case where we attempted in good faith to negotiate with players, we just couldn’t control all the factors.

‘We knew how it looked selling to rivals but getting £24m for a 29-year-old was an important piece of business, it set us both up.

‘It let Robin pursue a dream that he wanted and he was right, by going to United he won the title that season – but I think by the end of the next season, Sir Alex had left and that was the end of Robin at United.

‘You would have to ask him if his calculation worked out. Financially, it worked out for sure, but he ended up moving to Turkey and then back to Feyenoord.

‘If he had stayed at Arsenal I’m reasonably sure he would have gone down in history as one of the greats.’

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