Arsene Wenger Pays Homage to Robin Van Persie.

Arsene Wenger Pays Homage to Robin Van Persie.

Arsene Wenger says he is surprised to see Robin Van Persie depart Manchester United for Turkey. The former Arsenal striker signed for Fenerbahce few days ago and the Arsenal manager has paid homage to him.

Having spent eleven years in the English Premier League, the Dutchman had to leave after he was told by Louis Van Gaal that he no longer has a vital role to play at Old Trafford. He joined Fenerbahce for a fee of £4.7million.

Wenger who controversially sold Van Persie to United after an eight-year reign at the Emirates has however paid tribute to him, tagging him one of the best players he has ever managed.

“It is a very big surprise that Robin van Persie has been allowed to go to Turkey,” said Wenger.

“He is a huge loss to English football because he is still a great footballer.

“He was one of the best I ever managed, a man with an exceptional technique. I don’t know what happened or why he left Manchester United but I have to tell you that he is a great loss to the Premier League.”

Van Persie made a total of 277 appearances for the Gunners, winning the FA Cup title in 2005. He scored a total of 132 goals during his Arsenal stay.

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