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Robin van Persie should have remained at Arsenal and cemented his status as a club legend, according to his former teammate Wojciech Szczesny.
The former Gunners skipper scored 132 goals for the north London club between 2004 and 2012 but had only one FA Cup to show for his efforts.
Van Persie, having become exasperated at Arsenal’s failure to compete for trophies and seeing a number of old colleagues sold and enjoy success elsewhere, eventually opted to join Manchester United.
An acrimonious departure followed his public criticism of Arsene Wenger, but his decision to leave for Old Trafford was almost immediately justified when his goals helped inspire United to their 20th league title during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge.
Van Persie subsequently struggled to match his previous exploits under the management of David Moyes and Lous van Gaal before leaving for Fenerbahce four years ago.
‘You have to admit, he left for Manchester United and the next year he won the title,’ said Szczesny.
‘But the year after that he got benched, moved to Turkey and his big career ended. ‘He could have made other decisions and achieved lots more at Arsenal. He’s extremely arrogant – sometimes.’