One of the reasons Robin van Persie left Arsenal was because he did not want Arsene Wenger to promote Steve Bould to the assistant manager’s position.
The Dutchman made a contentious move to the Gunners’ Premier League rivals Manchester United this summer and a revealing report from Goal.com claims one of his objections was the appointment of Bould as Wenger’s new right hand man.
Pat Rice had occupied the role for the entirety of Wenger’s reign at Arsenal, but took the decision to retire at the end of last season.
The report claims Van Persie saw this as an opportunity to draft in a number two from outside Emirates Stadium and help to freshen things up at the north London club, seeing Bould as just another one of Wenger’s ‘yes men’.
This reportedly sparked heated exchanges between the two and, added to more of Van Persie’s demands, damaged the pair’s relationship irreparably, ultimately leading to the then Arsenal captain moving to Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have seen some of the form that brought Van Persie 37 goals last season and fired Arsenal to third in the league; he has already scored seven times in the league and two Champions League goals since his move to Old Trafford.
The report that revealed the size of the falling out between Wenger and ‘RVP’ comes at an opportune moment, with Arsenal set to travel to Manchester United for the sides’ Premier League clash in the early kick-off on Saturday.
The Gunners will be extra motivated to get a result at Old Trafford for two reasons; one being it is the first time they will come up against their former skipper, while the other will be to try and fully eradicate the humiliating 8-2 loss they suffered there last season.