Fenerbahce forward Robin van Persie has hailed his former boss at Arsenal Arsene Wenger as a ‘world class coach’ and a classy man.

Van Persie spent eight seasons at the Emirates Stadium amidst injury problems but his best season where he was supposed to repay the Frenchman’s faith in him happened to be his last after he switched to Old Trafford in the summer of 2012.

However, the 31-year-old Dutch striker has revealed the circumstances surrounding his Arsenal exit has not jeopardised his relationship with Wenger.

“People think there was an argument between us [Arsene Wenger]. On the contrary we always had a lot of respect for each other,” the former Arsenal captain, who netted 132 goals for the Gunners said.

“I’m still talking to Arsene regularly now. He is a world class coach and manager and above all, a classy man.

“If you’re Arsenal captain and top scorer and move to United, fan will be upset. I wanted to win the Premier League. But I had a very special time at Arsenal.

“Some might want to erase me from their history but no one can change the facts. I did score 132 goals for Arsenal, I did play close to 300 games. One year as captain.”


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