By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The former Gunners skipper dropped a bombshell on the club's fans when he turned down the opportunity to renew his contract at the end of the last season, before he left in the summer transfer window for rivals Manchester United.
While Arsene Wenger's men have been plagued with inconsistency in the new campaign, van Persie has settled into his new club by catapulting them to the top of the Premier League.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the 29-year old revealed that he chose to leave the Emirates Stadium because he wanted to achieve more in his career.
"Arsenal are a great club and I always had a good feeling but after eight years, sometimes you feel that you need a new challenge, I found that challenge at Manchester United. I do feel that I am surrounded by champions. I do feel that this is exactly the right time to be here. I don't think it would have been better to come here earlier. Everything has gone this way for a reason," van Persie stated.
"When I extended my deal a couple of years ago at Arsenal, I felt that was the right move for me - to stay and play because I wasn't finished there. Now, since last summer, I wanted to go for a big challenge, and this was the biggest challenge for me."
Comparing his time at Old Trafford so far to being in a sweet shop, van Persie was pleased with how well things were going for him in Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
"The main thing is that from day one everyone gave me the feeling that I was welcome and that they were happy for me to be here. I was happy to be here, it was a new challenge for me and I was ready for that challenge," he explained.
"I am seeing things again which I haven't seen for a long time. When I first went to Arsenal years ago I saw things from [Dennis] Bergkamp and [Thierry] Henry that I had never seen in my life before. Now I am seeing those things again and that makes me happy. It's like being a kid in a sweet shop. This is having fun, enjoying myself. That's what I am doing, I'm just having fun."