The Dutchman moved to Manchester United last month in a £24million deal and Wenger hopes he won’t regret selling him to an English club.
“I’d have preferred him to go to a foreign club, so that he doesn’t haunt us,” said the Arsenal boss.
“You have to accept it, it’s part of life. Obviously, it hurts to see him in another shirt.
“Every move he makes, every gesture, he tries to do it to perfection.
“You can call him at 10 o’clock at night, you won’t find him in a nightclub. He’s either watching a football match, a video or preparing himself for the next match.”
Serie A side Juventus looked favourites to secure van Persie’s signature this summer especially after he visited their home city of Turin in May. However, they were unable to match his salary demands and the season-long suspension of coach Antonio Conte for his role in a match-fixing scandal while at a previous club meant the end of Juve’s chances of signing van Persie.