Marc Overmars feels that Robin van Persie should be praised and not criticised for his decision to move to Manchester United from Arsenal last summer.
The 30-year-old has suffered constant abuse from Arsenal fans who feel that he turned his back on the club but it was a move that was instantly vindicated on a personal level for van Persie as he won the Premier League in his first season in Manchester.
He also won the Golden Boot and scored 30 goals in all competitions for United and speaking to Ian Wright on Absolute Radios ‘Rock ‘N’ Rock Football, Overmars hailed van Persie’s choice to leave Arsenal when he did.
“I didn’t expect that he would be a striker, you know,” he said.
“I thought he would be a midfielder, but the boss, Wenger, was very good. At the time he bought excellent young players, and got Van Persie for £1.5m.
“When he came to Arsenal and got the chance to learn from Bergkamp, it was a great move for him. The transfer to Man United was not a big deal either. You have to give him credit.
“He played for Arsenal for six years. He performed and delivered and they got a great transfer, so everybody should be happy.”
Overmars may be right that van Persie made a good decision for his career to join United but he doesn’t seem to know how long the Dutchman spent at Arsenal – he was there for eight years, not six.