Owen: Van Persie Manchester United move like swapping Tesco for Asda

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Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen claims players should not be expected to remain loyal to their club, and says Arsenal fans must accept that Robin van Persie made the right decision to move to Old Trafford.

Van Persie left Arsenal for United in August for a fee of £24 million are informing the Gunners that he would not extend his contract with the club.

Arsenal supporters were left furious by Van Persie's decision to leave the Emirates Stadium for one of the club's greatest rivals, but Owen sees things differently to Gunners fans.

The Stoke City forward says Van Persie joining Manchester United was a 'no-brainer' because the Netherlands international would benefit more playing at Old Trafford than for Arsenal.

"The recent transfer of Robin Van Persie is another example of a player’s loyalty being questioned," Owen wrote on

"Whilst I’m sure it’s disappointing from an Arsenal fan's point of view, can anybody deny him his move? He will be playing in a better team, in front of more fans at a club with a huge tradition, will have more chance of winning something and will be rewarded handsomely for it. It's a no-brainer.

"I just don't buy into the 'We stuck by him while he was injured' argument which, I guess, is a way of saying he is indebted to the club? Rubbish."

Owen, who left Manchester United in the summer, also struggles to fathom why football is regarded as different from any other industry in terms of job progression, and has compared Van Persie's transfer to swapping Tesco for Asda.

"I have always failed to see how football is different to any other business," he added.

"If my brother worked for Tesco and there was an Asda closer to his house who offered him an extra £50 a week with better hours and better working conditions would you expect him to stay put? I certainly wouldn't."

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