Robin van Persie’s transfer to Manchester United in 2012 was a major disappointment to Thomas Vermaelen.
“It was a surprise he left,” Vermaelen said to. “I knew he was going to go in the end, but to hear that he had suddenly left for Manchester United was a big surprise.”
The long-time Arsenal defender acknowledging that he had expected that the Dutch player to go on to become “a hero” at the Emirate Stadium:
“I wanted him to remain at Arsenal, of course, as he was the PFA Player of the Year in his last season with us. He’s had a brilliant season, the best season of his career, so I wanted him to stay and be a legend.”
He soon came to terms with it, as he said, “Of course, he has a strong character so he couldn’t change his position. I think that’s a great position, because that makes him the person and the player he is. You couldn’t change his opinion, he made it that he was going to go.”