Arsene Wenger has admitted he was stunned by Robin van Persie's move
to Fenerbahce and.that English football will feel his absence.
Van Persie has made a £4.7million switch to the Turkish Super Lig
three years after leaving Arsenal for Manchester United.
'It was a big surprise,' said Wenger.
'He is a loss for English football because he's an exceptional
player, one of best I've managed, with an exceptional technique. 'I
don't know what happened why he leaves but he's a loss to the Premier
League.'.Wenger lured Van Persie to England in 2004, when Arsenal,
then champions, paid Feyenoord £2.75m.
The Dutch striker struggled for years with injuries before maturing
into the most
consistent striker in the country.
Arsenal banked £24m when he moved to United and he completed his
ambition of winning the Barclays Premier League title in his first
season at Old Trafford.
It has quickly turned sour, however, under Louis van Gaal who told Van
Persie his opportunities to play in the season ahead.would be limited.
Fenerbahce produced a lucrative deal for the 31-year-old worth £240,000 a week.