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Robin Van Persie: One year on

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It's been a year today since Robin Van Persie made his debut for Manchester United away at Everton.

The Dutch striker arrived United from arch-rival Arsenal in a dramatic transfer that left fans of Gunners angry and bemused.

Weeks before his transfer, there had been speculations about his future at Arsenal with his contract nearing its expiration and on July 4 2012, Van Persie announced that he would not be signing a new contract with Arsenal putting an end to this speculation.

On August 15 2012, Arsenal announced they had agreed terms with Manchester United for his transfer, but Van Persie had yet to agree personal terms with the club. On August 17, Van Persie transferred to Manchester United for an initial £22.5 million, with an additional £1.5 million to follow if United won a Premier League or Champions League title within the next four years. He signed a four-year contract, keeping him at United until June 2016.

Van Persie made his United debut in a 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison park, coming on as a 68th minute substitute for Danny Welbeck.

The prolific striker scored his first goal as a Manchester United player with his first shot in the Premier League match against Fulham, just five days after his debut.

He scored his first hat-trick for United in a 3-2 against Southampton, a match in which he also recorded his 100th goal in the Premier League. Van Persie also scored a last minute free-kick in his debut in the Manchester Derby last season, his goal ended Manchester City's unbeaten run and also their unbeaten home record extending into the previous season.

Van Persie went on to notch in 26 goals in 38 games in the Premier League games for United last season, helping them clinch the Premier League title for the 2012-2013 season.

In fact, his impressive first-half hat-trick against Aston Villa on April 22, 2013 confirmed United's 20th league title, with four games in hand.

He kick-started his new campaign this season by scoring both of Manchester United's goals in their 2-0 win against Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield, securing David Moyes' first honours as club manager.

Van Persie also scored his first goal in the Premier League this season with an acrobatic volley in United's 4-1 win at Swansea City.

Indeed, Robin Van Persie has no doubt etched his name on the list of United's greats with his superlative performances since joining the Manchester club.

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