Picture an atomic bomb falling from the skies with alarming speed straight towards a bridge. The bomb has large orange letters which spell out "Robin van Persie" and the bridge is red with a large golden cannon painted on the sides. A giant black, red and orange mushroom cloud explodes into the skyline and the bridge is no more.
That's right. Van Persie didn't just burn his bridges at Arsenal, he nuked them. He nuked them and made those bridges and relationships impossible to repair due to radiation. After he released the statement on his website last month criticizing Arsenal's ambition, his reputation and legacy was damaged in the eyes of the Gunner faithful. By saying those things, he put himself in front as the most important person at the club, rather than the club itself. And no athlete should go that route.