Wenger: Van Persie’s Arsenal exit is like a woman wanting a baby

Arsene Wenger likens Robin van Persie's decision to quit Arsenal last summer to that of a "woman wanting a baby"

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Robin van Persie has scored 24 Premier League goals this season Photo: Back Page Images

Arsene Wenger has likened Robin van Persie’s decision to quit Arsenal last summer to that of a “woman wanting a baby”.

Van Persie sealed a £24m transfer to Manchester United last August after eight years with the Gunners and has helped the Red Devils win their 20th English league crown in his first season at the club.

The 29-year-old Dutchman has scored 24 Premier League goals for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men, including the hat-tick which wrapped up the title in Monday’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

And ahead of Van Persie’s return to The Emirates with United on Sunday, Wenger has stated his belief that the striker moved because he did not have the patience to stay and try and win trophies with Arsenal.

“Robin is an honest guy,” said Arsenal boss Wenger.

“He got to 29 and thought ‘can we win the league here or do I have more chances somewhere else?’

“There’s a kind of timescale like a woman who has no baby at 39. She starts to think ‘I have not much time left’.”

Van Persie won the FA Cup in 2005 and scored 132 goals in 277 games for Arsenal between 2004 and 2012.

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