While much attention followed Robin Van Persie's apparent walk into the wrong changing room before the game why was he in the home room AFTER the tie?
There is little doubt that Sunday would have truly been a sickener for Arsenal fans. While they were given some good news the previous day when Tottenham Hotspur failed to take all three points away from the DW Stadium the game with Manchester United the next day gave them little to shout about.
After first having to give a guard of honour to their once bitter vials, an act even Gary Neville in the Sky gantry described as ‘demeaning’, they then had to watch their former captain walk onto the pitch as a champion.
Robin Van Persie, as if for some form of dramatic effect, decided he would walk out last and went on to play the pantomime villain. When he gave the ball away in the build-up to Theo Walcott’s opener Twitter erupted with joy at their former hero’s demise.
Then he did what should have been expected. Picking up on the mistake of Bacary Sagna he raced away from the French defender who then scythed him down in the penalty box. The resultant penalty was only ever going to have one outcome.
The result in the end was not the worst facet of the game. The fact that they had to welcome back Robin Van Persie as a champion would also have stuck in the throats of the fans.
He left The Gunners with the sole intention of winning trophies after a barren spell in North London and that is exactly what he did.
Manchester United, like a new lover, gave RVP what Arsenal never could.
But Arsenal fans should not feel so bad for it seems while Manchester United may have the upper hand in some aspects they simply cannot measure up with RVP’s former club when it comes to other factors. Like food.
Yes it seems this weekend RVP went into the Arsenal dressing room after the game to get his grub on because the food is simply better:
‘He’s in our dressing room now because the food is better in ours.’
Those were the words of Arsene Wenger after the game as he put a lighter spin on the occasion while the Dutchman, I imagine, was gobbling down the sandwiches and nibbles like he does lofted balls from midfield on the pitch.
However we should already know that the Manchester United food would not live up to Arsenal standards. I mean back in October 2004 Arsenal players (well Cesc Fabregas as confirmed by Martin Keown) did throw the food around the Old Trafford tunnel after a scuffle broke out between Sol Campbell and Wayne Rooney.
At least that is why we thought Sir Alex Ferguson ended up covered in pizza, coffee and tomato soup. It seems now the truth is out. Arsenal are simply used to far better.
So as much as Manchester United can provide Robin Van Persie with silverware at least Arsenal know one thing; he will always come back for sustenance.
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