Rooney's message ahead of Arsenal clash - RVP won't be affected

Wayne Rooney has said Robin van Persie won’t be affected by his penalty miss against Real Sociedad.

Manchester United fans would have been very confident as Robin van Persie stepped up to take a spot kick against Real Sociedad last night, some may even have started dreaming of the possible match ups to follow in the Champions League knock out round.

Van Persie hit the penalty superbly but it cracked against the post as opposed to the back of the net, Marouane Fellaini was sent off and United ended up drawing a game they probably should have won.

Van Persie, just like any other centre forward, relies partly on confidence and had he scored it would have done him a world of good heading into Sunday’s game against his former employers Arsenal.

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However, his fellow striker Wayne Rooney doesn’t think he’ll be in the least bit affected.

“Of course [everyone misses from time to time]. Most forwards in the world miss penalties and that won't affect him, I'm sure,” Rooney told PA Sport.

That’s bad news for Arsenal because in Rooney’s eyes, van Persie will be very much switched on and focused ahead of the Arsenal clash.

David Moyes more than likely had one eye on this Sunday’s Premier League battle when he named van Persie as a substitute last night and the Dutchman should get back his starting role in attack for the match.

He’s got that extra added motivation to play well against the Gunners to go with trying to close that two goal gap on Sergio Aguero and Daniel Sturridge, the top scorers in the Premier League this season.

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There’s a lot of pressure on van Persie at the moment but the good thing if you’re a United fan is that the side seems to have turned a corner.

United haven’t lost a single game since they were defeated at home against West Brom in the Premier League suggesting Moyes is slowly starting to work out his best eleven across different competitions.

It would take a very brace man to bet against van Persie getting a goal this weekend and there aren’t many other players in the Premier League you would trust to score a goal with a half chance in a split second.

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