Robin van Persie rubbishes talk of rift with Arsene Wenger
Tuesday 24 January 2012
Robin van Persie insists there is "no problem" or "conflict" at Arsenal despite his reaction to Arsene Wenger's substitution of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.
Wenger's relationship with Gunners supporters reached an all-time low at the weekend
when they railed against his substitution of Oxlade-Chamberlain for Andrey Arshavin.
Captain Van Persie also appeared to react to Wenger's decision with the word "no".
However, the Holland striker has clarified the situation and also revealed the teenager had picked up a calf injury.
Van Persie told The Sun: "I was not having a go at the boss on Sunday - I was just sad to see Alex leave the pitch as he just gave the assist for our only goal.
"I was not questioning his judgement - I know it's not my place to challenge what Arsene Wenger does...
"Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain had a calf injury. We did not know that but the boss did and brought Andrey Arshavin on."
He added: "The manager and I are fine and my relationship with the club is good.
"There is no problem, there is no conflict and there is no controversy.
"The boss knows that, I know that and the players know that."
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