Robin van Persie’s £24 million move from Arsenal to Manchester United in the summer of 2012 did not go down well with the Gunners supporters.
The Netherlands international striker has yet to convince many of the Arsenal fans that he had to make the switch to further his career.
And the Dutchman’s comments about the North London club’s lack of winning mentality are not going to make his task of endearing himself to the fans any easier.
‘Robin van Persie loved the winning mind state that Fergie had created’, wrote former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand in his autobiography #2sides, according to The Daily Star. ‘He told me that at Arsenal you wanted to win, but at United you had to win’.
Arsenal have often been accused of not having a ‘winning mentality’, and Van Persie’s comments seem to vindicate that.
Being one of the biggest clubs in the world, United have the pressure and the ‘obligation’ to win titles year after year. On the other hand, the Gunners went nine years without a trophy and are struggling for success this term as well.
However, Arsenal have shown over the years that they can compete for top honours and can attract the best players. Although under manager Arsene Wenger the North London club have struggled to win major silverware in recent years (they won the FA Cup last season, though), they can still achieve huge success in the future.