Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has been made odds-on favourite to sensationally rejoin Arsenal in the near future, with bookmaker Paddy Power at least.

Van Persie turned his back on the Gunners and mentor Arsene Wenger to sign for Manchester United in a £24m deal two years ago, with his decision vindicated by winning the Premier League title last season in a dream debut campaign at Old Trafford.

The current campaign has been a very different story for United though, with Van Persie cutting a frustrated figure in attack as the Red Devils have slipped to seventh in the Premier League under the leadership under David Moyes.

Paddy Power have responded to that disappointment and newspaper reports linking the Dutch striker with a shock return to the Emirates with a sharp price move, putting Arsenal as 7/4 favourites to be Van Persie's next club.

Real Madrid are a distant second favourite at 4/1 to sign the Premier League's top scorer in each of the last two seasons, while Bayern Munich and Chelsea are 5/1 and 7/1 respectively.

For now Van Persie's priority is very much on helping United turn round a disastrous first half of the campaign, although a return of 10 goals in 15 Premier League matches suggests the 30-year-old is eminently capable of doing just that.

Van Persie failed to fire against the Gunners on Wednesday night though, spurning an early chance against his former club from point-blank range as United were held to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates.

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