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Arsenal fans vote against signing Robin van Persie

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Arsenal fans do not want to see Robin van Persie back at the Emirates Stadium if the Dutch striker leaves Manchester United this summer.

This is according to a poll conducted by talkSPORT, which found that 67 per cent - two thirds of fans asked - do not want to see their former captain back in north London after the acrimonious manner in which he left the Gunners in the summer of 2012.

Perhaps more interesting, though, is the fact 33 per cent of fans would welcome him back to Arsenal - a surprisingly high percentage.

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Arsenal fans loved Van Persie before he made the shock decision to quit the Gunners for the Red Devils three years ago.

He is now regarded in the same way the likes of Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Adebayor are - an Arsenal traitor, nothing more and nothing less.

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Van Persie has declined rapidly

Van Persie has received a barrage of abuse from the Gunners’ faithful every time he has played against his former employers since 2012

But even if Van Persie hadn’t left Arsenal under a cloud, it’s still likely that the majority of fans would have voted against re-signing the Dutchman this summer.

Now 31, Van Persie has not been the same lethal striker since Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford in the summer of 2013, plagued by injuries and poor form.

Manchester United have put Van Persie on the transfer list and it was reported on Saturday that he has agreed personal terms with Turkish club Fenerbahce.

However, it’s also believed that Spanish giants Real Madrid are considering making an offer for the Dutchman, who has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Old Trafford.

Los Blancos are on the hunt for a replacement for Javier Hernandez, who has returned to United following his season-long loan spell at the Bernabeu, and have identified Van Persie as a potential summer signing.

Van Persie is a Premier League great

Despite his struggles over the past two seasons, Van Persie will be remembered as one of the best strikers of the Premier League era.

The former Feyenoord star won the Premier League Golden Boot award in 2012 and 2013 - with Arsenal and Manchester United, respectively - and was the league’s outstanding player in his debut campaign at Old Trafford.

Without Van Persie, who scored 26 goals in 38 appearances, Manchester United may not have won the 2012-13 Premier League title - and certainly not in the dominant manner in which they did.

Ferguson’s £24 million investment justified his transfer fee - and more - in that one season alone.

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