Arsene Wenger insists 'you don't care who scores' following Robin van Persie goal against Arsenal

 

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was not concerned by the fact Robin van Persie was on target in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Van Persie, a Gunner for eight years, scored the opening goal in the Old Trafford clash but did not celebrate out of respect for his former club.

Wenger said afterwards: "What you want is to win the game - you don't care about who scores in their team.

"We had a lot of the ball, but they created more chances and deserved to win the game."

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "I thought Robin was fantastic today, his movement and penetration were fantastic.

"I thought the back four did really well but after that, I'll just look forward to the next game."

United are top of the Barclays Premier League after previous leaders Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Swansea, for whom Pablo Hernandez grabbed a late equaliser.

Blues boss Roberto di Matteo said: "It is disappointing not to have hung on to our lead but even when you are not brilliant, you need to get a result like that.

"We are in touch and we are going to show how strong we are in the future."

Manchester City also slipped up, drawing 0-0 at West Ham - with boss Roberto Mancini rueing missed chances.

The Italian said: "When you have 65 per cent ball possession you deserve to win - and we missed four incredible chances to score.

"I am happy with the performance, because we played well, I'm unhappy with the chances we're missing."

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas acknowledged his team deserved to be booed off after the 1-0 home defeat to Wigan.

The Portuguese said: "It was maybe our worst performance of the season. We didn't manage to keep the ball or pass well. We couldn't recognise ourselves today. Wigan were superior."

Fulham and Everton drew 2-2 at Craven Cottage, meaning United were the only team in the top half to win on Saturday.

Toffees boss David Moyes said: "I can't believe we only got a draw out of that, it's incredible.

"I'm really frustrated because if I really want to hang on to the boys at the top I need to win these games when they come along."

Cottagers counterpart Martin Jol said: "It doesn't mean anything in football if you don't score the goals. They dominated us, all we could do was try to be positive.

"Normally we are a good team, but I couldn't see that today. The only positive thing I can say is that we never gave up."

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was humble after his team claimed a 1-0 win at Sunderland.

The Scot, who still refers to Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill as "the gaffer" after their time together at Celtic, said: "I have got the utmost respect for the gaffer. I am not in a position to sit here and say I have got one over him or anything."

O'Neill, whose team were also knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, said: "It's been a difficult week for us, obviously, losing against Middlesbrough and then not scoring here.

"It's been a difficult week, but we will come through. It will turn."

Norwich boss Chris Hughton was happy after seeing his team move further clear of the danger zone with a second win in three games, a 1-0 win over Stoke.

He said: "We should have pressed more, but that takes a lot of energy, especially when you are playing against a team like Stoke. But I thought we dealt with it very well."

Visiting manager Tony Pulis said: "We had the two best chances of the game - and they have got to be scored. It is disappointing to come away with nothing."

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