Robin van Persie has recently completed a move from Manchester United to Turkish side Fenerbahce, and Arsene Wenger insists he was surprised that the Old Trafford outfit let the Dutchman leave, as reported by Goal.
Van Persie is arguably one of the most hated ex-Arsenal players, with the way in which he forced his way out of the club leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of Arsenal fans.
He won the Premier League title in his first season with the Red Devils, but quickly went downhill following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. His career has spiralled into oblivion, and he has now found himself making an arguable premature exit to Turkey.
Despite his poor performances recently, Wenger still claims he is surprised at that United have let the former Arsenal captain leave.
“For me it’s a big surprise,” Wenger said, as quoted by Goal.
“I’m quite surprised that Robin van Persie has gone to Turkey this summer. He’s a loss for English football because he’s an exceptional player, one of the best I’ve ever managed.
“He has an exceptional technique. I don’t know what happened or why he leaves United.”
He was an exceptional talent back in his Arsenal days, and we were a far better side when he was injury free. For whatever reason he is a shadow of his former self now however, and may well be regretting his decision to ever leave the Emirates.
Turkey is often where players go for one last big contract, and we may not be seeing van Persie among Europe’s elite for much longer.