The Dutchman, 35, was at Arsenal for eight years between 2004 and 2012 before moving to Manchester United where he won the Premier League title in 2013.But despite Van Persie never winning the Premier League title with Arsenal, and the North London club finishing 28 points behind winners Manchester City this season, the striker still thinks his former club have the ability to win it next season.
Van Persie said:”Of course they can, yes, because they’re close already, they’ve been close for so many years.“It goes in periods. Now you have Manchester City, who are doing unbelievable. To win back-to-back titles is very special - that shows, really, that you’re a proper team.
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But I hope and wish Arsenal all the best to win the title. I know how difficult it is.”Van Persie is the 12th highest goalscorer in Premier League history and a two-time golden boot winner.But his comments wont please supporters of former side United who will dread a period of Liverpool dominance.
The Netherlands international retired at the end of last season after 18 months with Feyenoord - the club he started his career at back in 2001.
Robin Van Persie at the final match of his illustrious career (Image: GETTY)
Robin Van Persie while at Arsenal (Image: GETTY) He also praised Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite winning just twice from their last 12 games of the season.
“I think it’s the perfect match, it’s just they’re having a bad spell,” he added.“Back in the day it was normal for a manager to get time. Nowadays, if you lose six games, you’re out. Is that the solution?“Give someone time, especially if it’s a kid from the club.
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Robin Van Persie won his only Premier League title at Manchester United in 2013 (Image: GETTY)But Van Persie could not be more positive about Solskjaer’s appointment and believes it is fickle for the club to turn their back on the Norwegian after what was a brilliant start and a ‘miracle’ result against PSG.
.“Everyone was screaming ’Give the guy a permanent deal’. And then since that permanent deal the luck went away a little bit; they’ve been losing more games than they want to,” said Van Persie.“But.....