Robin van Persie didn’t exactly cover himelf in glory in the way he behaved himself last night – or should we say misbehave himself.
Krul and van Persie – seems they don’t like each other
Van Persie had words with fellow Dutchman Tim Krul about his time wasting, and it all spilled over at the end of the game after Arsenal’s winner, and in the tunnel they also confronted each other, at the end of the game.
Arsene Wenger admitted after the game he was just happy that Robin didn’t get himself sent off, as he came across as the completely spoiled millionaire footballer, who has yet to grow up.
There’s a lot of those people in top football like that these days.
Van Persie’s verbal abuse of the Newcastle goalkeeper late in the game showed the Arsenal striker to be a clown, and he won no fans for the childish way he behaved.
He may be a great footballer, but he looked an idiot at the end of the game last night.
And apparently a number of Newcastle players were not happy with the display of petulance and bad language by the Dutch striker, who is the Arsenal captain of course, and setting a bad example for sure.
I wonder if the two will be in the same side for Holland in the summer in the European Championships – we ‘ll have to see if Van Persie complains about Tim’s time wasting in those games.
Ben Arfa again showed he can score goals and be a match winner for Newcastle last night, with his 4th goal of the campaign, and a goal he created out of nothing.
Ben Arfa talked to the local press after the game and says that van Perise is not Newcastle’s problem:
“He’s not our problem.” “We can’t waste energy on him, it must all go on those last 10 games and we concentrate on getting as many points from the 30 as we can.”
“That’s all finished, we now just have to keep our heads up high.” “There are 10 hard games ahead of us.”
“It was a good goal for me but it doesn’t make up for not getting anything out of the game.” “We are very disappointed to lose.”
“We could have taken one or three points at Arsenal.” “After going 1-0 up we conceded far too quickly, and we made it difficult for ourselves.”
“Then they scored in the last minute, but we must keep our heads up.” “There are 10 games left and we have to do the maximum to finish in a European place.”
Those are good words from the French maestro, and it’s exactly what Newcastle need to do – get over the heart-breaking defeat last night, and then go about amassing as many points as we can through the final 10 games of the season.
And Ben Arfa also explained that daft dance the Newcastle players did after Ben Arfa scored, after he had been set up by Gabby Obertan.
Ben Arfa explained:
“We did it because when Gabby is out dancing, he does it like a man who can’t walk.: “We were having some fun with him.”
I know exactly how Gabby must feel when he’s on the dance floor, and I remember my days at the Majestic in Newcastle in the early and mid 1960s.
I did the Twist and managed not to move at all – most of the time – and that was very cool in those days, or so I thought. 😀
Oh well – at least Gabby knows what he’s doing on the football field, although he looked a little lost at times in the unaccustomed position he played in the center of the field last night.
And we think Ben Arfa could well be a match winner for Newcastle in some of the vital games ahead.
The lads have to forget about last night, and we still have 30 points to play for.
Go for it!