Arsenal boss Wenger shocked by Van Persie’s Man United exit

Arsene Wenger was very surprised to see Robin van Persie leave Manchester United this summer

Arsene Wenger has admitted his surprise at seeing Robin van Persie leave Manchester United to join Fenerbahce this summer.

The former Arsenal captain was deemed surplus to requirements by manager Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford as the Dutchman gears up for his second season in charge at the club.

Van Persie joined the Turkish outfit earlier this month after three seasons at Old Trafford, in which he won the Premier League title following his controversial transfer from Arsenal back in the summer of 2012.

Wenger admits that he was shocked to see United cash-in on the forward, and says that the striker’s exit will come as a blow to the Premier League.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday in Singapore, Wenger said: “It’s a big surprise. I’m quite surprised that Robin has gone to Turkey this summer, to Fenerbache. He’s a loss to English football because he’s an exceptional football player.

“He’s one of the best I managed with an exceptional technique. I don’t know what happened or why he left but he’s a loss for the Premier League.”

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Van Persie won the Premier League title in his first season at Manchester United following his controversial move to Old Trafford from Arsenal but endured a largely disappointing season during Louis van Gaal’s first campaign in charge at the club.

The 31-year-old scored 10 Premier League goals for the Red Devils last season as United finished fourth in the top-flight table.

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