Wenger not surprised by van Persie’s Man Utd form

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is not surprised by Robin van Persie’s start to the season with Manchester United, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The Dutch striker switched to United from Arsenal in the summer in a £24m move, and faces his former side for the first time in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday at Old Trafford.

Gunners boss Wenger has seen goals dry up since the striker, who was the Premier League’s top scorer last season, departed, as summer acquisitions Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have netted just three league goals between them this campaign.

Van Persie, who turned down a lucrative offer from champions Manchester City, has settled quickly into his new side, scoring seven Premier League goals already.

Wenger said: “I am not surprised by how well he is doing.

In Manchester United, you have good players around him, and Robin is very intelligent around the box, his runs are fantastic and his technique is absolutely amazing.

There are a lot of players in offensive positions, so with his intelligent runs, of course he will take advantage of that. Robin is certainly the most efficient striker.”

29-year-old van Persie is one of the few survivors from this fixture last season from an Arsenal perspective, scoring one and missing a penalty in the 8-2 loss.

Giroud is expected to start in the forward’s former role as lone striker for the North London side after netting the second goal in the extraordinary comeback against Reading in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

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