Arsenal manager’s press conference must have been very nostalgic for him as most of the questions asked were about his side’s former captain Robin van Persie. In a series of questions, he revealed that Manchester City were actually interested in signing him but Persie rejected them to join United. Wenger said that he would not provide any details and that he hopes his fans would treat RvP nicely when they travel to Manchester.
“It is true Manchester City [were] interested in him and he has chosen to go to United,” said Wenger.
“He could come out more on the reasons but I didn’t want to know more about that.
“Does it hurt more than he left for another English club? That is not exactly what I wished!
“I hope the reception for him is a respectful one because he has played for us for eight years, he has done very well for us. You want him to be respected.
He was questioned whether Robin van Persie’s success had surprised him at Old Trafford.
“Am I surprised he has done so well at Manchester United? No, not really. In Manchester you have good players around him, and Robin is very intelligent around the box,” he replied.
“You would think that one of the parts of my job is to have a positive influence on people as a player. When you do that you are always satisfied. I think my influence was not too bad.”
However, our sources have also revealed that along with Manchester City and Juventus, Chelsea were also interested in him but Robin did not want to leave for another London club.