How Robin van Persie ended his 12 month Twitter silence

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has tweeted for the first time since joining Manchester United from Arsenal.

Wayne Rooney has been suspiciously quiet on Twitter since the controversy over his future blew up, but he is not the only footballer to decide wisely that it is not the right time to use the social networking site.

Last summer the transfer saga which dominated the headlines was that of Robin van Persie, who announced in early July his intention to quit Arsenal.

That decision alone caused outrage among Arsenal fans, furious with their captain's decision, many of them venting their anger through Twitter at the news.

Whether Van Persie was reading their comments, who knows, but he certainly did not respond to any, grinding his activity on the site to a halt.

He posted almost 300 times, including retweeting a message from former Arsenal hero Ray Parlour in April 2012 urging Spurs to #mindthegap after Tottenham lost at home to Norwich.

Just over a month after his decision to quit the Gunners, the Dutchman signed for Manchester United in a £24 million deal.

He completed that switch on August 15. Just three days earlier he retweeted a charity message from Dirk Kuyt, which it appeared would be his last.

Since signing for United, he refused to make any comment, likely aware that the wound for Arsenal fans was still raw.

Having seen how another ex-Gunner, Samir Nasri became involved in a bitter war of words and winning a £10,000 bet with Arsenal fan and chief agitator Piers Morgan.

Instead he let his football do the talking on the pitch, winning the Golden Boot and leading Manchester United to the Premier League title.

With that achieved, his point proven, and relations perhaps a little less hostile, Van Persie this week posted his first message on the site.

It was not exactly a personal one though, more a nod to his official boot supplier, showing off what he will be wearing in the upcoming fixtures.

He was immediately trolled by a certain Arsenal fan upon posting.

The message itself will only be of minor interest to United fans, but it shows over the course of the season, we may see Van Persie bridging the gap between player and supporters once again, and becoming even more admired by the fans of his current club - as if it were even possible.

How do you think players should use Twitter? Has Van Persie been wise in leaving it for a year? 

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