Manchester United fan - Arsenal supporters wrong to call Van Persie a traitor

Following Robin Van Persie's transfer to league rivals Manchester United last month, Arsenal fans condemned the Dutchman as ungrateful.

They argued after the club kept faith in him through his injury plagued career at the club, they deserved better. So was Van Persie wrong to switch sides after just one injury free successful season in an Arsenal shirt? What matters, personal ambition, or loyalty?

Since joining Arsenal back in 2004,Robin Van Persie has been at the club for almost eight seasons now honing his skills and was originally brought in to fill the boots of the legendary Dennis Bergkamp.

Van Persie did live up to the club's expectations eventually but was unlucky so often through his first few seasons as he would be sidelined for the most part through injury. Added to his frustration was the fact that after winning the FA Cup back in 2005, the club couldn't add to their silverware.

Being ravaged through injuries and watching his club not winning any silverware for a long time would raise thoughts of leaving in the mind of any player let alone Robin Van Persie.

Then came the 2011-12 season,Robin Van Persie's first injury free season at the club and he went on to be Arsenal's and the Premier League's top scorer that year. Many Arsenal fans applauded the performances of the Dutchman who almost single-handedly led the team through all competitions.

But when the Dutchman announced that he wont sign a new contract with Arsenal and later signed for Manchester United the same Arsenal fans condemned him as a traitor, erasing all memory of his performances in an Arsenal shirt and goodwill he had earned, he could have been a club legend there irrespective of trophy success.

When asked the actual reason for hating Van Persie, many Arsenal fans said that the reason is because he signed for Manchester United, their league rivals, whereas if he had signed for a non EPL club like Juventus it would have been more readily accepted. This reason really left me scratching my head and also made me laugh at the kind of foolish logic being used in this case.

For me, Robin Van Persie is a player I highly regard no matter what team he might have ended up during the transfer window. There is no doubt that the Dutchman might have been wrong in switching teams just after one successful season but can club loyalty really hold a player from achieving his personal ambitions?

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