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Van Persie raps former Arsenal teammate Mertesacker over new book

Robin van Persie is critical of former Arsenal teammate Per Mertesacker over his new book.

The German suggested Arsene Wenger had too much faith in his squad while Arsenal manager and that was the difference between winning the Premier League and FA Cup and Van Persie disagreed.

He told the Daily Mail: "My opinion at first is that loads of ex-players are making a book, it's sort of fashion to write a book, which I will personally not do. That is his opinion, he can have that. I'm not really going into that. He can think what he wants.

"Arsene is a great coach and manager and fantastic person and helped me to improve as a player and a human. I'm forever grateful for that. I worked eight years under him, he gave me chances.

"On a private matter, he was always open to chat to me about life and as a person as well, and as a coach he was great. He was fantastic. He really had a philosophy. He always wanted to attack, play positive, pass, create and play together.

"Some people judge him just on trophies, like whatever, Per now is finding a reason. He can say what he wants to say.

"What I really liked about Arsene is he had a philosophy. You can see that now with Pep and City. His team plays from his philosophy. The same in a different style is Jurgen Klopp with Liverpool.

"He has his way of playing. Arsene did that as well. He was great."

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