The Dutchman completed a switch to Old Trafford in the summer of 2012, with Arsenal reluctantly sanctioning a sale as Van Persie's contract entered its final year.
The Holland international has been an immediate success at United, with his prolific form firing the Red Devils to the top of the Premier League table.
Van Persie is delighted with how things have turned out, with the 29-year-old admitting that he needed to make a fresh start and take on a new challenge.
"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," Van Persie told Sky Sports in an exclusive interview.
"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.
"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.
"I think every day tells me that I made the right move. It's nothing bad about Arsenal. No player is bigger than the club, Arsenal will always challenge for trophies and be up there. It was just that after eight years I was ready to move on and try something else."