“Can you believe it? An ex-Arsenal player wanted Spurs to win! We knew the title was one game away.” Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie has admitted he cheered for Tottenham Hotspur when they faced Manchester City last season.
The 29-year-old couldn’t control himself as he knew that United were on the cusp of winning the title.
“I cheered for Spurs against City,” van Persie told Nick Coppack in the print edition of an interview with United Review.
“Can you believe it? An ex-Arsenal player wanted Spurs to win! We knew the title was one game away.”
Moving from Arsenal to United was never going to be a particularly popular move and van Persie was subjected to ludicrous ‘money-grabber’ taunts as well as incurring the wrath of the Gunners faithful when the two sides met in April, where the Dutchman received a guard of honour from his former employers.
And the 29-year-old striker’s recent admission that he cheered on Arsenal’s bitter rivals Spurs is unlikely to enhance his popularity in North London but that is all by the by.
Van Persie’s 26 goals were critical in United regaining their league title in impressive fashion finishing 11 points above rivals Manchester City and a huge 16 ahead of Arsenal.
Despite this, the Gunners may be set to give United a taste of their own medicine if the speculation over Wayne Rooney’s future is to believed.
The forward will have a huge role in the coming season under David Moyes with the goal-scoring burden again likely to rest firmly at van Persie’s feet.
It is hoped he can continue to show the excellent form of last season justifying a substantial £24 million outlay which at the time was questioned.
It proved to be a masterstroke and with a bit of good luck, he’ll continue to let Arsenal know exactly what they’re missing.