Wenger: Van Persie retains friends at the Emirates
Arsène Wenger said yesterday that he and the Arsenal players still considered Robin van Persie their friend, in spite of a low-key demonstration of hostility from fans towards the club’s former captain on the occasion of his first return to the Emirates yesterday with Manchester United.
Van Persie scored his 25th league goal of the season to give United a 1-1 draw after Theo Walcott opened the scoring. He applauded the United fans at the end and was booed as he went down the tunnel by Arsenal fans.
Asked whether the Arsenal players still got along with Van Persie, Wenger, above, replied: “Of course. People who have played together for five or six years, they [still] fight on the pitch. I think our defenders didn’t make life easy for him at all.
“We are rivals but at the end of the day, we decided to sell. You want to give everything for the 90 minutes and after the game you can still talk to each other.”
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