Robin Van Persie claims Arsenal forced him to avoid the media last summer, in light of a proposed move to Manchester United.
Van Persie was criticised for remaining silent during Euro 2012 whilst speculation about a move to Old Trafford reached fever pitch.
Yet the striker claims the decision was solely down to his former club, who felt it was the best course of action even though the move appeared on the cards.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Premier League winner recalled:
“That was a wish of my club Arsenal and that had everything to do with the sensitivity of my proposed transfer to Manchester United.
“I didn’t estimate the outcome really at the time. Maybe I was too naive. To be the only one to not talk, I became a mythical figure and the outside world thought I was placing myself out of the group.”
Van Persie’s silence not only hurt his standing amongst Arsenal fans who demanded a reply to the rumours but in his home nation as Holland suffered a torrid competition.
It fuelled speculation that the striker had drifted apart from his team mates and Van Persie insists if he would have handled the matter differently if he had to do it all over again:
“If I had to do it all over again, I don’t know if I would do it the same way. I don’t think so to be honest.”