Trending: Van Persie fires at Per Mertesacker over Wenger criticism
Robin van Persie attacked the critique of Arsene Wenger by Per Mertesacker, labeling the iconic Arsenal manager a “excellent coach.”
Mertesacker performed for a season with Van Persie, before Manchester United was joined by the Dutchman in 2012.
The German center-back has spent seven seasons representing the east London club and is now the Arsenal Academy’s director.
Mertesacker wrote about his moment at Arsenal under Wenger and criticized the Frenchman for being too confident in his team.
Van Persie struck back at the remarks in Mertesacker’s book, claiming that the German could “say what he likes,” but that he had different memories of Wenger’s legacy.
“In the first place, my view is that loads of ex-players make a book, it’s kind of fashion to write a book that I’m not going to do personally. He can have that, that’s his view.
“I’m not going into that really. He can believe what he wants, “Van Persie said to the Daily Mail, adding:” I worked under him for eight years, he gave me opportunities. He was always open on a personal subject to chat with me about life and as a individual as well, and he was fantastic as a coach.