When asked whether he knew how much Van Persie was being paid at Old Trafford, Wenger looked to the ceiling, before saying: "Yes! We could not compete because it is on a scale that is massive.
"He's an honest guy, Robin. He got to 29 and thought, 'Can we win the Championship here or do I have more chances somewhere else?' There's a kind of timescale like for a woman who has no baby at 39. She starts to think, 'I have not much time left'."