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Arsene Wenger rejected Robin van Persie rejoining Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has revealed how he rejected the chance to sign Robin van Persie after he joined United.
“In 2012, he announced his intention not to extend his contract,” Wenger wrote in his new book ‘Arsene Wenger, My Life in Red and White’.
“All the big clubs were courting him. I sold him to Manchester United. The supporters were angry with me for this but we could not match the offer. I managed to negotiate his departure for £24million, which was a huge amount at the time for a player with a year left on his contract. I had only the interest of the club in mind.
“My relationship with Alex Ferguson and Manchester United had improved by then, but every transfer is a polite game of poker where you attempt to give not anything away.
“Van Persie had a fantastic first six months at Old Trafford: he put the team on track for the Premiership title and made it even more difficult for us. But after three years of the four that he signed for, he was injured and Ferguson (sic) sold him to the Turkish club Fenerbahce.
“He called me because he wanted to come back, but it was impossible: he was at the end of his career and we were investing in young players.”