According to David Gill, who once served as chief executive at the Red Devils, Wenger kept moving the goalposts for the move. Gill revealed that Wenger knew he was fighting a losing a battle when he finally relinquished the striker to United.
“The player wanted to come, and his agent [played ball], that was all okay. But Arsene [Wenger] clearly knew what he was losing.
And now they get on well, but at the time, he had a difficult relationship with Alex. But in the end, we got it over the line.
Alex spoke with Arsene, and [made] a little tweak at the end to give them [Arsenal] a bit more. It was difficult, but that’s the game.
What do you think of Arsene Wenger trying to stall the deal? And he [Wenger] knew what he was losing, and we got a great goalscorer out of it.”
Van Persie would get his hands on the Premier League trophy at the Red Devils, returning Sir Alex’s investment in the legendary managers final season at the helm of United. We also treat our community members to competitions, special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners.
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