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Dutchman official a United player.
Robin van Persie has completed his £24m move from Arsenal to Manchester United.
The Dutch striker, 29, has signed a four-year deal and could make his debut at Everton on Monday.
He said: “It’s an honour to sign for Manchester United.
“I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many great strikers, bringing my experience and playing my part to help the team compete for the biggest trophies in the game. I can’t wait to get started.”
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England and in European football.
“His talents need no introduction to our fans. He has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club. His movement, finishing and all-round ability are outstanding.”
So, it’s official. Robin van Persie will be wearing the red of Manchester United rather than Arsenal next season, after the Dutchman completed the summer’s most talked about and controversial transfer.
Arsenal fans have become accustomed to losing their star men in recent seasons but van Persie’s departure to their great rivals must surely be the bitterest pill of all to swallow.
The move confirms what we’ve known for sometime: that Arsenal – once consistent trophy winners, England’s most stylish team, for a time ‘Invincible’ – have slipped some way behind United and mega-rich Man City.
Van Persie was the heartbeat of Arsenal’s side last season, often single-handedly dragging them to victory. His exit means Niklas Bendtner is currently the member of Arsene Wenger’s squad with the most Premier League goals to his name, and the Gunners are counting on new signings Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski to settle quickly in England.
United, as boss Sir Alex Ferguson smugly remarked yesterday, now have a front line as good as any in the league. The Red Devils lost the title to City on goal difference last summer, so signing the league’s top scorer is one hell of a response from Sir Alex.
That said, if United continue to finish second and Arsenal third – as many pundits are again predicting – will the £74m United are reportedly spending on fees and wages for van Persie over the next four years really be worth it?