Van Persie: I nearly signed for Rangers

Arsenal forward Robin van Persie has revealed he would have signed for Rangers instead of the Gunners, had the Scottish Premier League outfit completed a deal for the Dutchman when he was at Feyenoord. The 25-year-old - often compared to fellow countryman Dennis Bergkamp - has gone on to become a regular fixture in, manager, Arsene Wenger's side since arriving in May 2004, making more than 100 Premier League appearances for the North London outfit. However, Van Persie could easily have been plying his trade north of the border - following in the footsteps of fellow Dutchman Ronald De Boer - had, former Rangers director of football, Dick Advocaat snapped up the starlet. "There was some interest from Rangers when I was at Feyenoord," he said. "The problem for me was they didn't come in and make an offer. I was quite interested because I really wanted to leave my club. "Rangers are massive, like Celtic. I speak to Glenn Loovens and he tells me lots of stories about the stadium and Scotland itself. "My European debut was against Rangers at Ibrox and that was a fantastic moment. When I heard about their interest, I sat by the phone hoping it would ring. "I was in a difficult situation at my club and desperate to leave. Advocaat told me he needed to sell some players before he could buy. That's why it dragged on and did not happen." ARSENAL FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter