WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Robin Van Persie of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on May 13, 2012 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Robin Van Persie Joins Manchester United From Arsenal

Manchester United have officially introduced new centre forward Robin van Persie, signed for £24M from Arsenal.

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Robin Van Persie's 'Inner Child' Guided Him To Old Trafford

For better or for worse, the Robin van Persie to Manchester United transfer is all finished. The club site officially introduced the Dutch international to the fans today ahead of his first training session. And last season's top scorer in the Premier League was absolutely thrilled to be there:

Everyone knows by now that I'm a lover of football. I'm quite principled in that prospect. It's always difficult to find a perfect match but I do feel this is the perfect match for me. Man Utd breathe football. If you look at all players at the club, the stadium and the manager, my choice was made based on those things. When I have to make hard decisions, I always listen to little boy inside me and what he wants. That little boy was screaming for MU.

Well then. Far be it from us to stand in the way of Robin van Persie's inner child, eh? I'm not even an Arsenal fan and that quote is making me nauseated.

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The Only Winner Of The Robin Van Persie Deal Is Robin Van Persie

Robin van Persie had a brilliant 2011/12 season, but his big-money acquisition represents a very dangerous gamble for Manchester United.

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Alex Ferguson: Robin Van Persie Will Play Against Everton

Sir Alex Ferguson has declared that Robin van Persie should play against Everton on Monday night, and also compared his strikeforce to his famous treble-winning quartet.

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Arsene Wenger: Robin Van Persie Already Replaced

Arsene Wenger says that he has no need for a replacement for Robin van Persie, as Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski will fill the gap left by the Dutchman's departure.

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Robin van Persie Was Willing To Stay At Arsenal; Will Be Paid Handsomely By Manchester United

Robin van Persie had a meeting with Arsene Wenger and Arsenal club directors earlier in the summer, which led to his releasing of a statement on his website where he stated that he would not renew his contract. In that statement, van Persie said, about the meeting that "it has again become clear to me that we, in many aspects disagree, on the way Arsenal FC should move forward." This was before the signings of Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla were finalized.

It turns out, van Persie was pretty happy with the signings, and was willing to stick around. According to David Ornstein at the BBC, van Persie was willing to stay, but Wenger had already started thinking about life after van Persie.

"It is understood Van Persie was encouraged by the arrivals of Germany forward Lukas Podolski, France striker Olivier Giroud and Spain midfielder Cazorla - to the point where he was open to the idea of staying with or without a new contract ... But Wenger pulled him aside shortly before Sunday's friendly victory over Cologne, told him he would be sold if a deal could be reached and informed the Dutchman he was no longer part of his plans. "

That might not sit well with too many Arsenal fans. It probably didn't sit well with van Persie initially, but he's probably getting over Wenger's decision quickly, since he's getting a big fat raise. The Telegraph, among other outlets, is reporting that van Persie's new contract with the Red Devils is going to be worth £200k per week.

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