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Arsene Wenger hints at Van Persie impatience

Wenger hints Van Persie grew impatient at Arsenal. (©GettyImages)
Wenger hints Van Persie grew impatient at Arsenal. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has taken a swipe at Robin van Persie, after intimating that the Manchester United striker grew 'impatient' in north London, reports ESPN.

The Dutch striker ditched the Gunners in 2012 to seal a transfer to the Premier League champions, citing his desire to win trophies as the motivation behind his controversial move.

During his first season at Old Trafford, Van Persie won the domestic title, and also retained the Golden Boot for the second consecutive campaign, after successfully spearheading the Red Devils' attack in what turned out to be Sir Alex Ferguson's final term in charge of Manchester United.

The 30-year-old's switch of allegiances was justified in some respects, but Wenger has hit back at suggestions that the Gunners are not equipped to compete for major honours, and says that the strength and depth he now possesses at the Emirates Stadium is reason enough to believe that Arsenal could win the Premier League under his command again.

"Some players [who left], sometimes were impatient," conceded the Frenchman. "When they reach near 30, if they feel they cannot win the Premier League, they go somewhere where they feel they can win it.

"If we added all the players who have left, I would have a selection problem, but I still have one because I have plenty of good players now."

Under the new stewardship of David Moyes, Manchester United and Van Persie currently find themselves in eighth place in the Premier League table, eight points behind Arsenal, who are clear at the top, having lost just one of their opening eight games.

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