Robin van Persie has been at Arsenal for many years, for 8 years more specifically [2005-2012]. 8 years that the fans and the manager Arsene Wenger have stood by him through thicks and thins. Having even captained Arsenal during his last season there. But during the 2011-2012 season, as Robin was at the peak of his career, he chose to change club as his contract with Arsenal was nearly over. The reason for that was that he wanted to win trophies, which he did in his very first season at Manchester United, his new club and also Arsenal fierce rivals.
Since his swift from London to Manchester, many Arsenal fans have been angry with him, insulting him every time they have the opportunity to. They never really understood RvP’s choice, as he was also their best player, the one giving them hope also in some way…But RvP has never hidden his respect for his former club and for Wenger, who was the one who helped him grow as a footballer.
I can completely understand some of the Arsenal fans. The disappointment was indeed huge, the decision was hard to accept because RvP was their talisman, and they always stood by him even though he was often injured.
But since then, many things have changed. Let’s remember…
On the 3rd of November in 2012, RvP would be meeting his former club for the very first time for the first clash of the season between United and Arsenal. And after only 3 minutes on the pitch, he scored. Ironic yes. Very. But he didn’t celebrate of course, not even a smile was seen on his face. Yet, he was still being booed by some of the away fans who came to Old Trafford for the match.
On the 28th of April in 2013 during the same season, the two rivals met again for their second meeting of the season, with United having just won the league 5 days before… This time the clash was at the Emirates. Obviously the reception there was to be far worst than at Old Trafford some months before. Fans insulting him, booing him every time he had a touch on the ball, and some even showing their middle fingers. BOOM. Just before half time, RvP scored a penalty. He saw what was happening around him, people booing him, treating him badly, the posters around the stadium which only showed him hatred, he was fully aware of the fans’ resentment. But again, he did not celebrate, he wasn’t smiling, he didn’t jump out of joy or anything, because he kept the RESPECT he had for the club that made him this big.
The new season 2013-2014 began and the Arsenal fans’ reactions to RvP were still the same. As the red devils met the gunners for the first time of the season on the 10th of November at Old Trafford, guess who scored again and again? Robin van Persie. Having scored a fabulous header in the 27th minute, his celebration was very very different from those during the previous season. This time, he screamed of joy, later went to celebrate with his United team mates. We could see the rage and passion in RvP’s eyes, he wasn’t going to respect the fans that constantly bullied him during so many months. There is a quote that says “You get what you give”, and for me RvP has given his all to Arsenal during 8 years, he scored as many goals as he could for them, made them a great team with quality, yet many Arsenal fans never showed him respect. Even though RvP didn’t celebrate his goals against Arsenal, the fans never repaid the favour, they remained so bitter about the whole situation.
For me, his celebration against Arsenal is fully justified. I mean, seriously. I am a United fan and I admire Robin van Persie for his talent, but I am not defending him here, just stating the facts.
Would you seriously respect people that call you a “
Rapist" (When obviously he was innocent)? Or a " Cunt”? No I don’t think you would. So just put yourself in RvP’s place and understand that he isn’t going to keep on respecting people that don’t show him the respect he deserves.
People may say that I am defending him here. But not at all. We (United fans) felt the exact same way when Carlos Tevez left us for City. And concerning him, he liked to provoke us…like for example by holding a banner which said “R.I.P Fergie" after City had just won the league was wrong and inappropriate. But over time, seeing Tevez play against us and celebrating with his team mates did not affect me in any way. I didn’t like him but I didn’t care about him either, he was just like any other City player. We GOT OVER IT, and I think it’s high time for some gunners to do so too…Build a bridge and get over it!
From HERO to ZERO
I dunno about zero, but he sure is our hero. Stay bitter Arsenal fans, stay bitter.
Robin van Persie at full time.
Muted (3 Nov 2012) & Unmuted (10 Nov 2013)
Robin making Aaron Ramsey look a bit silly.