A look back at the past four years of Robin van Persie's career

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The 2011/12 season for Robin van Persie was possibly the greatest season in the Dutchman's career.

Having secured the upfront role and captain's armband in Wenger's Arsenal side,Van Persie was scoring goals for fun.

Having reached 100 goals for Arsenal, against Bolton Wanderers in September 2011, he finished the season with the Premier League Golden Boot reaching 30 goals. Van Persie was well on his way to becoming an Arsenal legend. 


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However, due to the lack of trophies secured by Wenger's Arsenal side after another 4th place finish in the league and disappointments in all three domestic cups, Van Persie craved the taste of silverware and felt that this Arsenal side could not provide him with the glory he desired.

So on the 4th July 2012, Van Persie announced that he would not be renewing his Arsenal contract.

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There had already been speculation regarding the striker's future and his frustration at the lack of ambition put forward by Wenger and Arsenal. Manchester United, looking to secure a record 20 premier league titles, sparked interest almost immediately.

On the 15th August 2012, for a fee of £22.5 million, with an additional fee of £1.5m if United won the premier league in the next four years, following negotiations with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Outrage among Arsenal fans, disgusted that Wenger had allowed their top striker and arguably their best player to leave for such a small sum. However, it was to be the next chapter in this prolific striker's career.

The 2012/13 season saw the success of Robin Van Persie continue as the striker continued to thrive under Sir Alex Ferguson. Van Persie helped secure Manchester United's 20th league title in a season that saw him nominated for shortlist of UEFA's 10 best players in Europe.

With the Dutchman's desire for success met and the continued form the Manchester United fans loved, he was set to become a fans favorite for many season to come. 

May 8th 2013: Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement at the end of the season. This then lead to the appointment of David Moyes, a risky appointment in the eyes of the fan.

The retirement hit Van Persie hard and also his form having been tempted to Manchester United by the prospect of working with Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 2013/14 season saw Van Persie lack the form which he had displayed under Ferguson and Wenger. 

The World Cup in Brazil showed promising signs that the Van Persie the fans all knew and loved was back, securing solid performances and scoring one of the best goals of the tournament, with an outstanding flying header in a 5-1 victory over Spain in Salvador. 

With such good form at the 2014 World Cup, Manchester United fans were expecting great things of the Dutchman this season. However, it was not meant to be. After another poor season with very few goals, injury and a decreasing relationship with manager Louis Van Gaal, Van Persie saw most of the 2014/15 season on the bench. 

With a poor run of form and and even poorer relationship with the manager, Van Persie wanted out. July 14th 2015, Van Persie signed for Turkish Fenerbahce. On his arrival, he received a heroes welcome as thousands of fans turned out to see the 31 year old. With a new life in Turkey, can Van Persie rescue the dying embers of a career that not so long ago looked so promising. 

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