How exactly did an Arsenal captain go from a beloved hero to a defamed villain? That's exactly what happened to Robin Van Persie.
The former popular Arsenal captain doesn't seem to be getting much applause anymore and many have to wonder, what went wrong? Where was the rise and where was the fall? While Robin Van Persie hasn't called it quits or thrown in the towel, it's becoming very apparent that the career is near its end.
A lot of people have noticed that his abilities on the field just don't seem to be in sync like they used to and he's not nearly as skilled or well placed as he used to be. The captain has definitely had his highlights and his moments that will always remain in the hearts of hardcore fans but it may just be time to give it all up.
Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is paying the price for his poor form at Fenerbahce, as he has just been left out of the Netherlands squad once again.
The team, which failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after a disastrous qualification campaign, will be taking on England and France in friendly matches during March. Despite being the leading scorer for the national team with 50 goals in 101 matches, Danny Blind’s squad does not include the 32-year-old. Since his move to Turkey in the summer, van Persie has scored 10 goals for Fenerbahce.
Robin van Persie used to perform for Manchester United from 2012 until 2015 and during this period of time, the Dutch attacker lifted the Premier League title and the FA Community Shield.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that he did not want to retain the services of Robin van Persie because he felt that there was too much competition for strikers in the team.
The Dutchman was allowed to leave Old Trafford in the summer, but that decision has received a lot of criticism especially in the wake of poor performances from the current crop of strikers at the club. United only have Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney being capable of playing up front. The club has so far resisted any attempts to sign new additions in the January transfer window.
Robin van Persie completed his move from Manchester United to Fenerbahce on July of 2015 as the Dutchman just couldn’t live up to the expectations of Louis van Gaal and he was offloaded to the Turkish club for a transfer fee of around £4 million.
Even though Robin van Persie’s transfer to Fenerbahce was fairly recent, he is already being rumored on making a return to the Premier League as there are club that are considering signing the veteran attacker but this seems to be a little far-fetched taking into consideration the slump that the 32 years old player has been going through in the past few months.
Robin van Persie has officially left the Premier League after agreeing a mammoth deal with Fenerbahce to play at the Turkish club for the next three years.
The Dutchman had been on the fringes of the Manchester United first team owing to poor form and lack of proper fitness. Even the arrival of Louis van Gaal did not manage to improve his form and he has now been sold for a fraction of the transfer fee that United had for him in the summer of 2012. Van Persie has been playing in English football since 2004 after having moved from Feyenoord to Arsenal.
Robin van Persie is consistently being linked with a move to Fenerbahce as the Dutch forward is rumored of being at the edge of leaving Old Trafford. If the Dutch forward does leave Manchester United during the summer transfer window, Louis van Gaal will have to search around for a new striker as his main attacking star will only be Wayne Rooney.
Javier Hernandez is another attacking outlet that Louis van Gaal has at his disposal but the Mexican forward is out injured after sustaining an injury during his time performing with his country at the international stage as he had to miss out from the Copa Oro.
West Ham United defender James Tomkins has accused Manchester United striker Robin van Persie of deliberately elbowing him in the face.
Van Persie has been subjected to some criticism with his attitude over the last few years, but it has largely been dusted on the floor due to his impressive goalscoring form. This year, he has come under the spotlight for the wrong reasons more often than not.
After struggling with poor form earlier in the season, the player is looking at the prospect of being retrospectively punished for elbowing Tomkins in the face.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie did not seem to have the best relationship with the club’s former boss, David Moyes.
Despite having been relatively injury free for the last five years, the Dutch international appeared to suffer several absences from the first team under Moyes. Unsurprisingly, he has been regularly fit again under the Louis van Gaal. After concerns were raised about his goalscoring record, van Persie has responded with two goals in his last two matches. The record is even better when his goals and assists against Hull City in the 3-0 win are taken into account.
Robin Van Persie thanked his countryman and one of the best wingers of modern era Dirk Kuyt yesterday for his great contribution to Netherlands Football over the years.
The Red Devils star wrote a message for Kuyt on a social networking site which read, “Many congratulations to Dirk for a wonderful career, more than 100 games for Netherlands, one of the modern greats.”
Kuyt brought down curtains on his international career after serving the Netherlands national football team for about a decade. He represented the Oranje in as many as 3 World Cups. Playing in a total of 104 games, he struck 24 times.
The first time that Kuyt had featured for Netherlands was in 2004. He was called up by the then boss Marco Van Basten.