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Arsene Wenger: 'Robin van Persie turned down Manchester City'

Wenger: 'RVP turned down Man City'
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reveals that former striker Robin van Persie turned down a move to Manchester City in favour of joining Manchester United.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Robin van Persie only decided to join Manchester United after he had rejected a move to Manchester City.

The Dutch striker left Arsenal in the summer after eight years at the club and his former manager has admitted that he had hoped the 29-year-old would not join another English team after he had stated his desire to leave the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger told The Independent: "It is true Manchester City [were] interested in him and he has chosen to go to United.

"He could come out more on the reasons but I didn't want to know more about that.

"Does it hurt more than he left for another English club? That is not exactly what I wished!"

Van Persie is expected to line up against his former club when the two sides meet at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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