Van Persie in love with Gunners

Robin van Persie has revealed he spurned the chance to leave

Arsenal because of his fondness for the north London club.

Four teams – believed to be Chelsea, Manchester City,

Juventus and Inter Milan – expressed interest in the Holland

international, but he revealed: “It’s not as easy to leave Arsenal

as you maybe think.”

The Gunners are without a trophy since winning the 2005 FA

Cup – to date van Persie’s only major trophy with the club and a

statistic which contributed to the departures of players including

Mathieu Flamini.

But van Persie, who signed from Feyenoord in 2004, told the

News of the World: “It is good that four teams were really

interested in me but I had to turn them down.

“Even if you want to leave, as a player, I don’t think it is

easy because when you move to Arsenal you are led there by your

heart.”

Van Persie has been out since November with an ankle injury

incurred while playing for Holland and he believes his fitness

record has hindered his development into a great of the game.

“Everything starts with your fitness and some players are

lucky like that,” the 26-year-old added.

“I hate it but I can’t do anything about it because this is

my situation.

“When you look at great players, they are always fit, always

sharp.

“When you play 50 games a season, you can score more goals

and get more assists, so it follows that you are more important to

the team.”