Robin van Persie explains why he left Arsenal to join Manchester United
But now Van Persie has explained how there was no option to stay at the Emirates as a new contract was not on the table for the then-29-year-old.
“After eight years, my wife, possibly got a bit tired of me. Those are the facts.
“Then you have a look around. I was ambitious. I still wanted to win the league. That is life.”
Van Persie has previously spoke about choosing United over Man City, but he also briefly had another option abroad.
“I ended up having three options,” he continued. “One option abroad disappeared quickly. Then it was City or Manchester United.
“What people don’t know, during the transfer, loads of things are happening behind the scenes. You have to take a lot on and make a choice based on what your targets are but also deal with the facts.
“One of the main facts was that Arsenal got tired of me. That was the starting point – they didn’t offer me a new deal. We had loads of chats with Wenger, with [Ivan] Gazidis. They gave me no decision to make.”
United will be glad he did choose them, as his 30 goals in his debut season secured what is their most recent league title.