Van Persie blames Arsenal’s barren years for his grey hair

by Sam Peoples

Robin van Persie‘s grey hairline has come earlier in life than most with silver streaks growing ever more prominent and the Dutchman has said that his Arsenal woes have “made him greyer” over the years.

Van Persie spent eight seasons at Arsenal but only has one FA Cup to show for it but he is on the cusp on winning the Premier League title in his first season at Manchester United, something he is relishing.

He said: “That I’ll probably win my first championship is very nice. I’m really thrilled about it.

“Not winning titles has given me quite some pain and it has made me greyer.

United and van Persie have a 15 point lead over Manchester City and with both sides facing teams from the Tyne this weekend, the lead could potentially stretch to 18 points with only eight games remaining.

“It still has to happen,” van Persie continued.

“We have to go to Sunderland and West Ham, and we have to play Chelsea [in Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay] and if we win, we play back-to-back against City in the league and the FA Cup semi-final. Then we have Stoke.

“These are not summer-night games. I watched United drop the lead last season but it’s getting awfully close now, and I’m really happy with that.”

Van Persie has been fundamental to United’s season so far, scoring 23 times overall with 19 of those coming in the Premier League, and has held his fitness fantastically well despite widespread doubts. Even though he spent eight years at bitter rivals Arsenal, van Persie has no regrets about the decision he made to move to Manchester in the summer, something he did to try and win some silverware – a move which may soon be vindicated.

I think my move to United came at exactly the right time, it shouldn’t have been any earlier or any later. Arsenal was for eight years the place to be. But last summer was the perfect moment to sign for United.”

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23 comments

moses 03/29/2013 - 17:40

VanP yo days are numbered…very unthoughtful…Thats why u will never b a legend anywhere n football pple like Giggs, Scholes are now laughing at u as u make fool of yoself. u a white dog in them as you have no identity. u are not a leader as u are now falling for anything. Any how its good the Noble team that brew you to this level didnt break the way u have and it waited 2 make sense out of you and trust me u will neva hit charts again even when u win, u will neva hit 42 goals n a season again though u claim to be in a winning team. Your good days are over chief. be content at least with your retirement pay cheque.

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Neutralfooty 03/29/2013 - 17:19

Loyalty does not exist in Football, this is not religion nor is it a family member. This is an occupation where along with wages players and mangers seek success. Yes Arsenal made him, but had a team full of half good players. United on the other hand also have half good players but they have a winning mentality. City came conquered for a year and now it’s over. Chelsea came did their thing for a while longer but now they are a cup team. Arsenal have been lost for a long time now whilst their fans keep reminiscing about their past knowing there is no future. Got to love football.

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adah 03/29/2013 - 14:49

Can u imagine vanpersie talking of us in a disrespectful manner? Wenger is to blame for giving such lengthy grace for him to get cure of his prone to injury body before selling. As for the grey hair, I appeal you use dye.

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Anthony Lindo 03/29/2013 - 09:55

This report is so sad if its true he should remember he did not make the break through as we all think he would when Henry leave it was the same old sad story injury every season then the first season he manage to came through without injury he left but thats footballers for you there is no loyalty

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jessie 03/29/2013 - 07:40

you did not talk about the yrs which u wasted arsenal, when u where injury prone. We managed u when u where down. Now u say all sorts of nonsence.

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Jmy 03/29/2013 - 02:30

I am already used to nice players leaving arsenal, but never thought they would become as stinking asses as Van P£r$i€ is

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Eedreez 03/29/2013 - 02:27

Thank you MAN U for paying 25mil for ungreatful RVP.. an 8yr injury prone player. Pls come and get diaby for half of that…

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Neutralfooty 03/28/2013 - 23:57

I have to completely disagree with you Arsenal fans. Every club has to pay the wage regardless if the player is injured or not. He gave 8 years to you and was injured throughout most seasons not because he wanted to but he was unfortunate. If the guy wants to win trophies he had to make the move to a top team which Arsenal are not anymore. I hope Arsenal do no make top 4, this wil mean major investment and would mean a more enjoyable EPL season next season! United probably have the third or fourh best team in the league but no doubt the best strikers.

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caja te la boca 03/29/2013 - 15:37

You miss the point, my friend. Yes, the club paid his wages, but the selfish prostitute did not look beyond the little prostitute inside him when he should habe considered the loyalty he owed the club, his team mayes, and the suppprters. All he proved by taking the glazer dollar was that he nwver understood the honour to captain our club nor the challenge of donning the number ten shirt (having asked to sqirch from his original number eleven). Paraguayo hijo de mille putas.

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Tammy Pepple 03/28/2013 - 23:49

Easyone and Isaac, if the both o’ you ain’t got anything reasonable to say, you might as well shut the hell up! We’re not against him leaving Arsenal for any club. We’re against his arrogant, malicious statements against a club that stuck by him through thick and thin, a club that announced him to the world, a club that moulded him into the finished article that ManU bought… At this rate, he’ll soon break a leg. He had better start to reverence and respect Arsenal.

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Easyone 03/28/2013 - 23:04

Van persie you make the rigth decision by leaving arsenal for united were you can win many trophies. As a player, if you can’t win a trophy, what will they remember you for? Fabregas let go, nasri, song. Can a tree form a forest? Please no shld talk against rvp again.

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caja te la boca 03/29/2013 - 15:31

But weeds can grow anywhere. Greedy Badger bastardo cabessa de mierda.

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isaac 03/28/2013 - 22:18

for eight year no trophy, now 30 u are still talking bull**** after he left for another club just a season try to win epl

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tobynicholas 03/28/2013 - 22:12

of course your move came at the ‘right time’ you skunk haired tosser, man united would never have bought you the previous 7 years when we supported you through your injuries. hope you get crunched by a Chiellini type again soon you ****

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nazir 03/28/2013 - 22:01

van persie is the most ungrateful human being on earth, his memory is very short, when he was charged for rape , who stood next to you? when you were injured wjo paid your salary? mate you will not last long because you are a ……….

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Errin Butterfield 03/28/2013 - 21:32

If the c**t hadn’t been so injury prone he would have won the league with arsenal especially in 2008 when he was needed now he has the nerve to talk about gray hair after selling his ass to man u. he has real class and is with the right team that have the same type of class that he has.

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Tammy Pepple 03/28/2013 - 20:43

Rotten Van Pussy! When we almost won the league in 2008 where were u? Injury prone bastard made of glass! Now u got the nerve to speak ill of us after 6 and half years of your uselesness to a club that gave hope to your career, a club that made you the striker you are today and even made you its captain…. This simply displays your irresponsibility Go on if you have to, but make sure you show some respect!

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Tammy Pepple 03/28/2013 - 20:40

Rotten Van Pussy! When we almost won the league in 2008 where were u? Injury prone bastard made of glass! Now u got the nerve to speak ill of us after 7yrs of your uselesness to a club that gave hope to your career, a club that made you the striker you are today and even made you captain…. This simply displays your irresponsibility Go on if you have to, but make sure you show some respect!

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zach 03/29/2013 - 20:31

Yeah, the little boy inside him said choose man united.

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CB 03/28/2013 - 20:13

He is a t*sser. which saddens me as he should be a legend. Arsenal fan as a youth, he could be winning things as Arsenal captain rather than hawking himself off to the highest bidder. No morals or strength of character, sad for him.

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g clarke 03/28/2013 - 20:01

He didn’t complain the 4or5 years he averaged about 10 goals or the year on the sick he had 1 and half good years at arsenal out of 8 at 29 not bad 25mil

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Gooner 03/28/2013 - 19:59

I f*cking miss you man! Fair play to Utd. As much as I hate you, you’re the only team I can accept losing to. I just wish I could still call you my rivals! But we’ll be back!!

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