Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere opens up on Van Persie’s transfer to United

Jack Wilshere has revealed how Robin van Persie’s transfer to Manchester United in 2012 left him devastated.

The former Arsenal, who currently plays for West Ham, told the BBC’S 606 Savage Social podcast: “He had just scored 30 goals the season before. He was our captain.

“It felt like we were just about to challenge [for the title] again and all of a sudden he left to go to our biggest rivals. It was difficult to take.

“I was there when Fabregas left, Nasri left, big players. If we had kept that team together I think we would have gone on to win the Premier League — and who knows from there?”

But the truth is you will never know. Arsenal sold their best players and brought in more mediocrity, so you can’t blame the likes of Van Persie for wanting to move on and win trophies.

The Dutchman was only at United one season before he lifted the Premier League – the last of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as he took our trophy back from Man City, who won the title the previous season on goal difference.

It goes without saying that the deal impacted us in a far more positive manner. *Rubs salt into wounds of Arsenal supporters*

Wilshere’s own career nosedived and Arsenal decided to move him on. Plagued with injuries throughout his career, the England international was set to reach the heights of football but spending so much time in the treatment room is not going to help.

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