Van Persie linked with sensational summer return to Arsenal

According to the Mail on Sunday, Robin van Persie could be set to make a sensational return to Arsenal at the end of the season.

The Holland international spent eight years at the North London club, but a lack of silverware led to his £24million departure to Manchester United in the summer of 2012. Van Persie was the star man as the Reds won a record-extending 20th title last season, scoring 26 goals as he featured in every Premier League match for a second successive campaign.

However, according to Rob Shepherd in the Mail on Sunday, the 30-year-old appears to be getting increasingly unsettled at Old Trafford. The striker is thought to have been disappointed that Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of last season, when working under the Scot was one of the main reasons he decided to join United.

Rene Meulensteen, the Dutch assistant to Sir Alex, also left the club, and he too played a key role in van Persie moving north. It is also claimed that the player and his wife have struggled to settle in Cheshire, as opposed to the life they led in London. Additionally, he is thought to be less than convinced by David Moyes’ training regime at the club.

And with the Reds boss set for a major rebuild of his squad during the summer, all this, according to Shepherd, could result in van Persie returning to the Emirates Stadium. The player will still have two years remaining on his contract in the summer, and although he will be 31 by the time next season starts, United would still demand a big fee to sell him.

The Dutch ace, meanwhile, was on the scoresheet on Saturday afternoon for the ninth time this season, but it was another disastrous day for United as they lost 2-1 to Stoke City. Finishing outside of the top-four, and being absent from the UEFA Champions League next season, is now a real concern for the club, who lie seventh in the table.


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