Arsene Wenger Is My Football Father, Says Ex-Skipper.


After making a permanent switch from Manchester United to Fenerbahce, Robin Van Persie has heaved numerous praises on Arsene Wenger, referring to him as his footballing father.

The Dutchman controversially left Arsenal to join rivals in 2012 and after winning the Premier League in his debut season, struggled to retain his spark under David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal which was the reason why he had to move to Turkey.

Reflecting on his past after joining his latest employers, Van Persie who captained Arsenal for a year took time to highlight the impact of Wenger on his footballing career and also established the fact that both are still in a healthy relationship, contrary to what many believe.

“Arsène is my football father,” Van Persie told The Sunday Times.

“He raised me from being a little kid, as a footballer. What he does, for players young and old, is create an environment where you feel the trust like one big family.

“People think there was an argument between us.. On the contrary, we always had a lot of respect for each other. We just had some different views at the time and 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, fans 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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