Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he had no choice but to agree to sell Robin van Persie after the Dutchman refused to sign a new deal.
Manchester United confirmed on Wednesday evening that they had agreed terms with Arsenal over a move for the striker, with the transfer fee understood to be £24million.
Van Persie is now set to travel to the North West to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms with United.
And Wenger insists he had no option but to sell van Persie because he had just a year left on his current deal and he had already refused to sign.
"He is at Manchester United, unfortunately for us. The transfer was finalised in the afternoon," said Wenger whilst working for French TV station TF1 on Wednesday.
"It's never great to lose players of that quality but he only had a year left on his contract so we do not have a choice."
Wenger admitted that the signings of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski were brought in early to cover any possible exit of van Persie.
"We have already recruited. Giroud and Podolski were intended to offset the departure of van Persie," he concluded.
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what do you think?
A very Good deal.... He's an injury prone player & I'm quite sure he will not play a lot for Manu.... Manu will regret his purchase.....
I'm a UTD fan and could not agree more with your comment.
Well, its not the first time ppl have critisized Fergie for his decisions but funnily enough, it seems to work in the end.
24 million and 200k a week on the back of 1 good season, sounds like AFC got a good deal there. Van Persie is very injury prone and they'll be plenty of full backs waiting to kick him up in the air
now instead of trying to buy loyalty how about Ramsey for skipper?
he will first be injured in Training, waste of money sick note
ARSENAL FOOTBALL CLUB IS MUCH BIGGER THAN A ONE GREEDY DUTCHMAN
In Arsene We Trust.......... Yes......we trust him not to win anything this season (again)
lets hope its worked out right & turned into the best deal we could have had after all one good season in eight!
Seems like a lot of disgruntled Arsenal supporters and dubious MU fans, He is a class player who will make a big diiference in the ManU lineup!!