I think van Persie left because his contract was running out. His contract was running out because we didn’t make him a good enough offer soon enough.
These players wanted to leave once leaving became an option. It’s no coincidence that Nasri, van Persie, Clichy, Ozil, Sanchez etc. only ever looked like leaving when they had one year left of a 3/4/5 year contract. Not a peep on any of those players leaving before that.
There was talk of us offering Ozil 250k or so late in 2017 (April-ish?). If we’d offered him that in April 2016 before he had an eye on going into his final year — would he have signed it? Maybe. Then him leaving becomes a complete non-issue.