Arsenal manager rejects talk of Robin van Persie revenge
The visiting supporters at Old Trafford on Saturday might be keen to remind former hero Robin van Persie about his switch of allegiance this summer, although Arsene Wenger has rejected claims that his Arsenal side will be driven by revenge after the Dutchman signed for Manchester United in the summer.
November 1st, 2012
Van Persie is a certain starter against the Gunners after a brilliant opening to his United career and seems to have forged an excellent understanding with Wayne Rooney which helped the Red Devils win 3-2 at Chelsea on Sunday.
However, his former manager doesn’t feel as though the visitors need extra motivation for a match that they simply need to win if they are to remain in the Premier League title hunt.
“For us, what is important is the result at the end of the game, and the quality of our performance. We do not even talk about that [van Persie],” Wenger said.
“I hope it [reception] is a respectful one because he has played for us for eight years, and he has done very well for us.
“We campaign against discrimination, it was still the case last week so why should it not be the case this week?”
Meanwhile, Wenger admitted he is not at all surprised by Van Persie’s flying start for United since leaving Arsenal in the summer, with the striker having effectively ensured Champions League football for the Gunners last term.
Wenger said: “I am not surprised by how well he is doing.
“In Manchester United, you have good players around him, and Robin is very intelligent around the box, his runs are fantastic and his technique is absolutely amazing.
“There are a lot of players in offensive positions, so with his intelligent runs, of course he will take advantage of that.
“Robin is certainly the most efficient striker.”