Arsenal had a say on which club I joined last summer, says Van Persie

Manchester United's Robin van Persie says his former employers Arsenal did have a say on which club the striker joined last summer

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Robin van Persie scored 26 Premier League goals this season Photo: Back Page Images

Robin van Persie has revealed that Arsenal did have a say which club he joined last summer after the striker completed a controversial move to Manchester United.

The 29-year-old’s switch was one of the biggest transfer stories last year as three of Europe’s elite clubs – Juventus, Manchester City and United – competed for his signature once it became clear that he would leave Arsenal.

Van Persie eventually sealed a £24m switch to United from the Gunners on 17 August, three days before the Red Devils’ opening Premier League fixture against Everton.

And the Netherlands international admitted he found the experience nerve-wracking – but insisted he always wanted to join the Red Devils from “day one” last summer.

“It was [difficult] because it wasn’t only me who decided where I went to play,” said Van Persie told United’s website.

“I also depended on my former club as well and how they saw it. And then of course you always have these games that the directors play.

“It’s a bit like a rollercoaster. Some days it is looking good and other days it is worse.

“You don’t really know what to expect because things can change so quickly.

“It normally depends on the player and the two teams, but in my case, there were two other teams involved as well.

“One was [Manchester] City and the other one was Juventus. So it was a bit hectic but I always wanted this transfer from day one.

“Me and Sir Alex knew that it would be a bumpy road, but I think that it shows that if you really want something then nothing is impossible. I am glad it happened.”

Van Persie scored 26 top-fight goals in his first season at United, helping the Red Devils win a 13th Premier League title.

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