Robin van Persie returned to the Emirates for the first time today as a champion, ensuring that any Arsenal fan who had called him a “mercenary” for leaving was put straight on his reasons for joining United.
The Arsenal players applauded our team on to the pitch this afternoon, and we then spent the majority of the first half playing as you would expect a team of hungover players to perform. Van Persie’s every touch was booed with Arsene Wenger describing their reaction to him as “disappointed love”.
Arsenal took the lead through Theo Walcott, who was offside, before Sagna brought down Van Persie in the penalty area. The Dutchman coolly slotted home to earn United a point and see to it that Arsenal could drop out of the top four, if Spurs win their game in hand.
After the game, Wenger was asked about Van Persie’s goal, to which he responded by claiming he hadn’t scored.
“I don’t think he scored,” he said. “He scored a penalty.” Wenger was reminded that they all count, to which he replied: “It counts but it’s not completely the same.”