The article, Manchester United fan - Arsenal supporters wrong to call Van Persie a traitor, provoked a predictable outcry from diehard Arsenal fans.
Here's a couple of comments from Arsenal fans:
1. 'Maybe 'traitor' is a little bit strong, but it's very disappointing to see him playing for Manchester United.
As Diaby said in a recent interview, there are not many managers / clubs that will stick with a player who is repeatedly injured and that is what Arsenal did with RVP.
I think what angered many fans, though, was the statement he released stating his intention not to sign a new contract and how he and the club 'differed in their views on how it should move forward'. The line indicates an arrogance that probably exists in many of the tops players these day - however no player should dictate to a club how it should be run. When you also consider previous RVP quotes about how he loved the club and wanted to make sure he won something, then it adds further fuel to the fire'.
2. 'There's an emotional side to the game, and United have a rivalry with Arsenal - of course it matters that Van Persie ended up at Old Trafford!
When Tevez joined City, did United fans not care about that ? And he was treated relatively poorly by Ferguson; played regularly for one season and then dropped for absolutely no good reason. Wenger kept faith in RVP through the injuries and literally made him who he is - RVP himself said he didn't believe he could score goals as a main centre-forward.
If it were any other manager, RVP could have ended up as a decent left winger, or a good support striker, as opposed to the world class CF he's seen as today. Also, if it were any other manager, RVP might well have been dumped a long time ago to sort his injury problems elsewhere.
I do think he owed the club more for that. There is no guarantee that United will win anything this season, and with the new signings arsenal have made, they have a much better chance than they did last season. I can't say Arsenal have a better chance than United now, but with RVP in their squad they probably would have.
You also can't talk about the RVP situation without bringing up the money. Arsenal offered him a massive contract to stay, but United offered almost double even that. To imply that this didn't make a difference is laughable. He stated that he didn't believe in Arsenal's 'ambition', but when they bought Podolski, Cazorla and Giroud, he still didn't change his mind'.
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