The Oranje have been criticised for their heavy tackling against Spain which resulted in a record 14 yellow cards and one red.
They lost the showpiece event 1-0, and have been on the back foot ever since.
But Arsenal striker van Persie believes the Dutch did nothing wrong.
"People criticised us for our playing style," he said in an interview with the Daily Mail.
"It was not as pretty as it used to be with Holland. But my question is: Getting results and reaching the final or playing the beautiful game and getting knocked out in the first round - which would you choose?
"Just before France had to pack their bags, Patrick Vieira said to me that you don't have to play well in the group stages of a World Cup, not even in the second round.
"Only later do you have to grow as a team and you will reach a high level. That will get you to the final.
"That is exactly the way we did it. Against Brazil in the second half, we were brilliant.
"The criticism Holland got in the World Cup I recognise from what we get at Arsenal. It was a final. You don't give up without a fight, do you?"