Van Persie spent eight years in north London, culminating in a magnificent 37-goal campaign for the Gunners in 2011/12.
However, that would prove to be his final season at Arsenal, as the Dutchman joined United for £24m.
And Van Persie, who went on to win the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford, has explained why he made the move.
“You can compare me being at Arsenal to being married. Me and my wife – Arsenal – were married for eight years,” he told BT Sport.
“After eight years, my wife, possibly got a bit tired of me. Those are the facts.
“If Arsenal are not offering you a new deal… you can have different views on things but the fact is Arsenal never offered me a new deal.
“Then you have to look around. I was ambitious. I still wanted to win the league. That is life.