The sight of Robin van Persie celebrating the game's only goal on Sunday, November 10 at Old Trafford has become a hot topic of debate for Manchester United fans who shared the Dutchman's joy and Arsenal fans, who became angered further by a player they felt betrayed by last summer when the striker transferred to the North West in a £22.25m deal.
A player who, like van Persie, has been employed by both clubs, though, has commented on the issue, claiming that it is an individual thing and so the 30-year-old is well within his rights to act as he sees fit, even if it is in stark contrast to how he celebrated a United goal in the same fixture last year.
'I think that is down to each individual, whether you celebrate your goal or not,' said Andy Cole to Manchester United's official website. 'Robin is at a different football club now, he plays for Manchester United.
'Last season, he was very respectful when he scored against Arsenal. But this season, celebrate your goals I say, he is a centre forward and he wants to score goals. What else should we expect?'
Cole returned a crucial 121 goals in 275 games in all competitions during one of the most successful eras in M16 history, winning five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League winner's medal.
Cole enjoyed eight seasons at United but was an academy graduate from Arsenal, joining the youth team in 1988 and representing the senior squad at the turn of the decade. Despite his foundations, he has always had United had heart and hopes the Arsenal victory acts as a springboard for wins and cumulative success throughout the season.
He continued: 'Well hopefully [the 1-0 win] will have a positive effect. Hopefully, from now until the end of the season, we can get the steam going and win as many games as possible.
'The championship is so open this season, it is unbelievable how many teams could win it and how many teams have not actually grasped the opportunity when another team slips up. We did it on Sunday, but the others haven’t. It’s a topsy turvy one, put it that way.'
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