Premier League news: 'I could have gone to Italy or Spain' – Van Persie has no regrets over leaving Arsenal for Man Utd


The former striker's decision to leave Emirates sourced his relationship with the club's support, but he stands by his decision

Robin van Persie has revealed he had several chances to leave Arsenal before he finally quit to join Manchester United in 2012, and he insisted he has no regrets over infuriating Gunners fans with his decision to walk away from the club.

In an exclusive interview with Goal at BT Sport studios in London, the Dutch striker – who spent eight years at Arsenal

Yet he suggests the Premier League title winners' medal he collected in his first season at United justified the move, as he gave his thoughts on the jeers of Arsenal fans when he returned to Emirates Stadium.

"You know that once you make a move like that, stuff like that happens," Van Persie said. "You have to take it on the chin and move on.

"You have to live with the consequences, you have to live with the choices you make with them. Don't take it too personally and don't take yourself too seriously. This is my life, this is what I did and some people are happy with it, some people are not.

"The first game against Arsenal was mentally tough. It was at home in Manchester and I scored after three minutes. That was so soon. It was so soon. Afterward, I played six or seven times [against Arsenal] , but that's [what happens] if you make a move like that. "

The criticism that followed Van Persie as he gave up. trophy success.

"Arsenal gave me the chance to play in the Premier League as a young kid when I was having a difficult time with Feyenoord," he continued. "In my last period there, I was playing chance. Arsenal saw something in me and gave me that chance. I took the chance with both hands."

"I stayed there for eight years, we had some great moments together and I'm still very proud of that period.

"I had chances to go before I left Arsenal. I could have gone to Italy, I could have gone to Spain, but I wasn't really open to it. I extended my contract to Arsenal and I'm still behind [that decision], like I am still behind my move to Manchester. "

As Van Persie's move from Arsenal to Manchester United as a result of the transfer in January 2018.

Sanchez has scored just three Premier League goals for United, but Van Persie believes he could bounce back this season.

"He is still a wonderful player, still a great player," added Van Persie. "He needs to find a way to be happy again.

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"If you are happy, you want to create and have fun."

"He can still play, he is still a fantastic football player. He just doesn't really look happy and the reason why this is … I don't know. I can only guess, but from distance, he looks unhappy and he needs to find a way to be happy again. "

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