Thursday, November 01, 2012
ARSENE WENGER BEGS ARSENAL FANS TO RESPECT VAN PERSIE, SAYS HE IS NOT ON A REVENGE MISSION AGAINST THE DUTCHMAN
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on the club's supporters travelling to Old Trafford on Saturday to give Robin van Persie a 'respectful' reception as he lines up against the Gunners for the first time since his contentious summer move to Manchester United.
Wenger maintains Saturday's showdown at Manchester United will not just be all about trying to get one over on former captain Robin van Persie.
The Gunners are likely to come up against the Dutchman for the first time since his £24million summer transfer to Old Trafford.
Wenger has called for travelling Arsenal supporters to show Van Persie respect rather than hurl abuse from the terraces - and insists his squad are all focused on their own performances
He has suggested the current unpleasant undertones of discrimination rippling through the Premier League do not need to be given additional impetus by a spat between Van Persie and the supporters who idolised him until last summer, with the Arsenal boss urging Gunners fans to withhold any vitriol they may have towards the Dutch striker.
Van Persie, who turned down a lucrative offer from champions Manchester City, has settled quickly into his new side, scoring seven Premier League goals already.
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.'