I quit Arsenal because I needed a new challenge, says Man Utd’s RVP

Robin van Persie says that he quit Arsenal to join Manchester United because he was searching for a "new challenge"

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Robin van Persie has netted 22 goals so far this season Photo: Back Page Images

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Robin van Persie says that he quit Arsenal to join Manchester United because he was searching for a “new challenge”.

The Dutchman has hit the ground running since his £24m move to Old Trafford, netting 22 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

The 29-year-old, who spent eight seasons at Arsenal, says he feels like a “kid in a sweet shop” at United as he aims to fire them to the Premier League title.

“Arsenal is a great club and I always had a really good feeling, but after eight years sometimes you feel that you need a new challenge,” said Van Persie. “I know why I went and I’m sure it’s for good reasons.

“If you look at the last couple of months, it explains it all. I’m seeing things again that I didn’t see for a long time.

“When I first came to Arsenal years ago [in 2004], I saw things from [Dennis] Bergkamp and Thierry Henry I’d never seen in my life before. Now I’m seeing those things again and that makes me really happy.

“It’s like a kid in a sweet shop. It’s like, ‘Yes, this is nice, this is good, this is having fun, this is enjoying yourself.

“All these little things added together make a big difference. It makes me feel that I’m surrounded by champions.”

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