Robin van Persie and Tim Krul are finally making some moves to get past last Monday night’s altercations between the two of them.
Tim Krul and Robin van Persie – Dutch team-mates
It was big news when van Persie kept talking to Tim throughout the game, and was in front of Tim most times the Newcastle goalkeeper got the ball.
And of course after Arsenal got the winner five minutes into injury time it all blew up into an ugly affair, and it took several minutes for the referee to bring them under control, before he could get the game started for the last minute or so of the game.
One of the really strange things was that these two lads are in the Dutch squad, and there was questions about the spirit of the Holland squad, if these two lads hate each other’s guts, which by the antics of Monday night, seemed to be the case.
Robin van Perise’s reasons for his agessive behavior was that he thought Krul was time-wasting throughout the game, but especially with the score at 1-1 before Thomas Vermaelen’s stoppage-time winner, which was crushing for Newcastle.
Krul time wasting would have been a big surprise wouldn’t it, did he expect Tim to hurry up so that Arsenal could score the winner?
But a source close to the Newcastle goalkeeper has come out and made some statements to try to patch it up between the two of them:
“Van Persie and Tim have been texting each other this week and are now laughing about it.” “It’s all forgotten as far as Tim is concerned and we’re hearing from Arsenal that Van Persie feels the same way.’’
And a Newcastle United source added:
“Tim is an absolutely brilliant guy and all this was way out of character for him. He didn’t feel he was wasting time but Van Persie obviously felt he was.”
“Tim felt that Van Persie was trying to belittle him but he has already moved on and is looking forward to going to Euro 2012 with him this summer.”
“The last thing the Dutch coach, Bert van Marwijk, wants is any trouble between probably the most powerful member of his squad and a young keeper who has emerged as one of the best in the Premier League.”
“But we can assure him it’s all over now and was just something that happened in the heat of the moment.’’
It’s over now, but we’re not sure it went down very well with the fans, with Robin van Persie coming out looking like a bit of a child at times, and we have to hope he’s not starting to get too big for his boots.
And with the very serious life threatening events that ended the Tottenham vs Bolton game yesterday, this stuff now looks more and more like schoolboy stuff.