Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has opened up about how difficult he found leaving Arsenal in a feature interview with the Blizzard, but is adamant that winning the Premier League with the Red Devils justifies his decision completely.
Van Persie swapped the Emirates for Old Trafford in 2012 after finally matching his technical skills to a consistent strike rate across 18 months at Arsenal, form that persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson to spend £24m on the forward in a controversial switch that still has Gunners fans cursing their former captain's name.
The 30-year-old quickly went on to win his first league title with United and was definitely the decisive factor in Ferguson's final success, with 26 Premier League goals across an ever-present campaign.
Earning a Premier League winner's medal made the pain of turning his back on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger worth suffering in Van Persie's mind, revealing: “It was a dilemma. I loved that club.
"The fantastic stadium. The public. The atmosphere. I am a real Gunner and will always be one.
"A part of me was hurt. But I am a winner. I always want to win and it was time to win some prizes with a club, some titles.
"I never would have gone for the money, but wanted the change to take my career a bit further. And it turned out to be the right decision."
United have struggled since that breakthrough success for Van Persie though, with the experienced star sidelined at crucial points of a disastrous season which spelt the end for David Moyes after just 10 months in charge at the Theatre of Dreams.
Van Persie will be desperate to make sure that campaign proves to be an anomaly though and has a trusted ally at the helm with a common goal, after Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal agreed to take over as United boss on a three-year deal.
That appointment has effectively ended speculation over Van Persie's future, but now the anger Arsenal fans feel about the way their skipper walked into the arms of a traditional title rival two years ago.
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