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RVP: No hard feelings with Arsenal

ESPN staff
August 17, 2012

New Manchester United signing Robin van Persie insists there is no bad blood lingering between him and former club Arsenal.

Van Persie has completed a £24 million move to Old Trafford after refusing to sign a new contract with the Gunners, who he captained last season.

And he is adamant that, despite disagreements with Arsenal about the direction the club was going, relations are amicable between himself and former boss Arsene Wenger.

"From my side and from Arsenal's side there are no hard feelings," Van Persie said. "It's just uncertain elements that we had a different view on. That's life.

"No one is angry at me and I'm not angry at them. My view on certain elements are not similar to Arsenal… That's life. Sometimes you have a disagreement on things. In my football life this is the biggest challenge so far."

Meanwhile, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed his surprise that he managed to snare the Netherlands international. "We never thought we could get Van Persie," Ferguson said.

"If you go back six months ago, I couldn't see us getting him. I thought Arsenal are not going to let him go. When I read he had refused a new contract, that is when we acted. It has been a long haul.

"Arsene [Wenger] knew the boy wanted to leave. He knew he wanted to join us. That made it a bit easier but not in terms of trying to reduce the fee. He [Wenger] could run a poker school in Govan. He got a great price but we are also happy the matter is concluded.

"From the starting position when we first started negotiating, Arsene has done well."

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