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Robin van Persie upset by Arsenal boos, says Manchester United team-mate

Van Persie got a poor reception at the Emirates on Sunday. (©GettyImages)
Van Persie got a poor reception at the Emirates on Sunday. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra claims Robin van Persie was hurt by the Arsenal fans that booed him on his first return to the Emirates Stadium, reports the Daily Star.

The deadly Dutchman's first-half penalty cancelled out Theo Walcott's second-minute opener, to give the newly crowned Premier League champions a share of the spoils on Sunday afternoon.

Van Persie was booed every time he touched the ball, as Gunners supporters voiced their dissatisfaction at his decision to leave north London and move to Old Trafford in a £24million deal last summer.

It's a transfer that has been fully vindicated, though, given the fact the 29-year-old won his first English title in his debut season under Sir Alex Ferguson.

And, Evra feels that the Manchester United marksman should have been shown more respect by the fans that used to chant his name, after eight years of loyal service to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.

"I still don't understand why the fans boo him," he said. "I am disappointed that the fans have quickly forgotten what he did for the club. I think he felt it as well."

Despite his disdain towards the opposition supporters, Evra had kinder words for the players they were cheering, after Wenger's charges turned in a performance against Manchester United that was much more befitting of the Arsenal of old. 

"They were one of the most aggressive teams I have played against," he explained. "It was good to see Arsenal like that.

"They always get abuse about being a team with good football but not being aggressive enough. This time they were."

 

 

 

Topics:
Arsenal
Robin Van Persie
Football
Premier League
Manchester United

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