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Arsenal legend: Van Persie deserves "credit" for move

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Former Arsenal star Marc Overmars believes Robin van Persie deserves credit for leaving the north London outfit for Manchester United, reports Goal.com. 

Van Persie, who became Holland's all-time record goalscorer this past week, signed for the Red Devils in 2012, and won the Premier League title with United in his first season with the club. 

Despite coming in for criticism after the move, Overmars believes his fellow Dutchman deserves credit for the £24 million switch. 

The former Arsenal ace has also revealed that he expected Van Persie to play as a midfielder, not a striker.

And, speaking to Absolute Radio's 'Rock 'N' Roll Football', Overmars said: "I didn’t expect that he would be a striker, you know.

"I thought he would be a midfielder, but the boss, Wenger, was very good. At the time he bought excellent young players, and got Van Persie for £1.5m."

Overmars has also insisted that both clubs benefited from the resulting transfer and it was the right decision for Van Persie to leave the Emirates behind.

"When he came to Arsenal and got the chance to learn from Bergkamp, it was a great move for him. The transfer to Man United was not a big deal either. You have to give him credit.

"He played for Arsenal for six [eight] years. He performed and delivered and they got a great transfer, so everybody should be happy."

This season Van Persie will be hoping to win the Premier League's Golden Boot award once again after winning the trophy back-to-back in the past two years. 

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