Robin van Persie joins Man United on 4-year deal
Robin van Persie became the latest big-name player to slip from
Arsenal’s grasp when the Netherlands striker completed his move to
Manchester United on a four-year deal on Friday.
Van Persie agreed to personal terms and passed a medical
examination to complete a transfer that is believed to have cost
United about 24 million pounds ($38 million).
”I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many
great strikers, bringing my experience and playing my part to help
the team compete for the biggest trophies in the game,” Van Persie
said. ”I can’t wait to get started.”
While Arsenal will be happy to have recouped such a big fee for
a 29-year-old player who has had many injuries in his eight years
at the club, Van Persie’s departure deprives manager Arsene Wenger
of his captain and the league’s top scorer last season with 30
In fact, Van Persie becomes the fifth Arsenal captain to leave
the club since 2004, after Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, William
Gallas and, in the preseason of 2011, Cesc Fabregas.
Van Persie’s future at Arsenal has looked bleak ever since he
issued a statement on his website last month saying he disagreed
with the direction the club was heading. The London team hasn’t won
a trophy since 2005, when it beat United on penalties to capture
the FA Cup.
Manchester City and Juventus initially showed interest in Van
Persie, but Ferguson maintained his pursuit of the Dutchman, who
could now make his debut against Everton in United’s Premier League
opener at Goodison Park on Monday.
”Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England
and in European football,” United manager Alex Ferguson said.
”His talents need no introduction to our fans – he has scored a
number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former
”His movement, finishing and all-round ability are
Van Persie’s departure provides further evidence that Arsenal
can no longer compete with the likes of Manchester City, United and
Van Persie will join an attacking unit at Old Trafford that
already includes Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.
Dimitar Berbatov is also still at United, but is likely to leave to
make way for Van Persie.