The Dutch striker went on to win the Premier League the following season, finishing as the top goalscorer in the league.
Van Persie’s departure left a bitter tastes at the Emirates, that still resides in some quarters today.
But he has taken the first step in an attempt to make amends.
Van Persie told BBC Sport: “I get that the fans were angry with me.
“I was the captain, top scorer and we came third that year. But just sometimes you feel you need a challenge, a new adventure.
“If I hurt people, I’m sorry. But that’s me. I made that decision and I stand by it. But that doesn’t mean that I look in a negative way towards Arsenal.”