Van Persie snubbed Manchester City's £300k contract to join Manchester United

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Robin van Persie rejected an offer - thought to be worth ay eye-watering £300,000-a-week - to sign for Manchester City, before opting to join rivals Manchester United, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

The talismanic striker will line-up against his former employers this weekend, for the first time since his £24million defection from the Emirates to Old Trafford in the summer.

Van Persie netted 37 goals in all competitions for the Gunners last season, and he's carried that prolific form into his new club, with nine goals in 12 appearances for the Red Devils.

But, those goals could have been scored in the blue of Premier League champions City, rather than the red of United, has the former Arsenal captain been swayed by the money on offer at the Etihad Stadium.

"It is true Manchester City [were] interested in him and he has chosen to go to United," Wenger told the Independent. "He could come out more on the reasons but I didn't want to know more about that.

"Does it hurt more than he left for another English club? That is not exactly what I wished!

"I hope the reception for him [on Saturday] is a respectful one because he has played for us for eight years, he has done very well for us. You want him to be respected."

The fact Van Persie has started life so well under Sir Alex Ferguson comes as little surprise to Wenger, who helped develop him into the player he is today.

"Am I surprised he has done so well at Manchester United? No, not really. In Manchester you have good players around him, and Robin is very intelligent around the box.

"You would think that one of the parts of my job [at Arsenal] is to have a positive influence on people as a player. When you do that you are always satisfied. I think my influence was not too bad."

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