It seems that Robin van Persie must have some vendetta against his Dutch colleague Tim Krul.
Ramsey tries to calm down van Parsie
From the start of the game the Arsenal captain was trying to interfere with Tim’s drop kicks, and that’s something you very rarely see these days.
And that coupled with him saying things to Tim throuhgout the game didn’t help at all, and then of course the whole thing erupted after Arsenal got their 95th minute winner, and it certainly seems to have been because of van Perise’s aggression.
It’s even worse than that because it seems it was because of van Persie’s dislike of the Newcastle goalkeeper, who was our Man of the Match.
Arsene Wenger suggested after the game that it could have been something from being part of the Dutch squad, but you hardly expect this kind of thing from International team mates – they are usually friendly towards each other.
Van Persie was the only one who was giving Tim problems, and the other Arsenal players tried to restrain their captain at the end of the game and in the tunnel.
The general conclusion is that it was the Arsenal captain who was the clear instigator, and we’re just pleased Tim didn’t react to all the provocation.
It’s hard to take a last minute winner in normal circumstances and even worse when you are being goaded by another player – we are still getting over the pain of losing the game that way.
Jonas Gutierrez has no doubt that it was Robin van Persie’s fault and that he must not be a good person:
“Van Persie was wrong. There was no need for him to do that – Arsenal won the game, it was finished. I can’t understand a person like that. It is not right. When you feel like that it’s because you are not a good person.”
“I don’t care about the football, I’m talking about Robin van Persie the person. When you have people who do that, it’s not right.”
“We are all used to getting kicks, it’s a sport of contact. But when you have things like that, it is not right – it is not easy to accept.”
“He was the only Arsenal player who reacted like that. The others were saying to him ‘calm down, calm down’.”
“When you do that the fans go crazy as well, so it’s no good for the atmosphere of the sport. It didn’t help the game – both sets of fans are having a good evening, they’re enjoying the game. He made a big mistake.”
“There didn’t seem to be any reason for van Persie to do that,” “Well done to Tim for staying calm. In a second you can lose your mind but we have to stay focused.”
“I was pleased with Tim, you have to think of the next game and the rest of the season at that moment. It is no good to have a reaction and get a three game ban or something like that. Tim went to react but then he calmed down, which was very good.”
We have no idea what the history of these two players is, but van Persie lacked class on Monday night, but I suppose players these days don’t apologize after the event.
We remember John Wayne saying in the film She Wore Yellow Ribbon – apologising is a sign of weakness. 😀
So that must be true and therefore Robin couldn’t apologize – could he?
It would certainly help the situation and clam things down a bit between the two players.