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Friday 17 August 2012

Van Persie signs for Manchester United

Arsenal forward puts pen to paper on four-year deal with Barclays Premier League rivals

Robin van Persie (right) is looking forward to challenging for trophies with Manchester United

Manchester United have completed the signing of Arsenal striker Robin van Persie on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

"He is a world-class striker with a proven record"
Sir Alex Ferguson

Van Persie is eligible to make his debut for his new club against Everton on Monday evening and is Sir Alex Ferguson's third signing of the summer for United, after Nick Powell, from Crewe Alexandra, and Shinji Kagawa, from Borussia Dortmund.

The 29-year-old leaves Arsenal after eight seasons at the club, having joined from Feyenoord in May 2004. The Netherlands international has scored 96 goals in 194 Barclays Premier League appearances.

Last season Van Persie claimed the Barclays Premier League Golden Boot and helped the north London side finish third in the division after top-scoring in the Barclays Premier League with 30 goals in 38 matches.

"Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England and in European football," United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson told the club's official website.

"It's an honour to sign for Manchester United"
Robin van Persie

"His talents need no introduction to our fans – he has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club. His movement, finishing and all-round ability are outstanding."

Van Persie said: "It's an honour to sign for Manchester United. I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many great strikers, bringing my experience and playing my part to help the team compete for the biggest trophies in the game. I can't wait to get started."

As far as former United goalkeeper Peter Schemichel is concerned, the transfer of the club's new No20 has given Ferguson's side a huge advantage for the new campaign.

Speaking at the Barclays Premier League Trophy Tour in Manchester Schmeichel told premierleague.com: "The Manchester City and United squads were very, very even going into yesterday, and then there was the game-changing signing of Robin van Persie.

"His signing is a game-changer. He is going to score many, many goals"
Peter Schmeichel

"He was player of the year last season, he scored 30 plus goals, he is full of confidence. He is a fantastic finisher.

"I am not comparing him to Ruud van Nistelrooy but he is the same kind of person. He doesn't miss a lot of chances.

"If he can deliver that kind of level he is going to score many, many goals and many, many goals is the difference - we have already seen that last season."

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Key Points

  • Dutch striker signs four-year deal at Old Trafford
  • Forward becomes third United signing of the summer
  • Van Persie 'looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many great strikers'