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Arsenal star: Robin van Persie return did not affect us

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Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs insists that the team did not let Robin van Persie's return distract them from doing their jobs last Sunday.

The Manchester United star returned to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since leaving the club back in the summer for a fee around £24m.

There was a lot of speculation before the game about Van Persie's return and what sort of reaction he would get from the home fans and it's fair to say it wasn't good as the Dutchman got booed every time he touched the ball, much to the disappointed of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

To frustrate the fans even further it was Van Persie that scored the equaliser for the visiting side. After he was brought down in the box by Bacary Sagna, he then picked himself up to score the penalty.

Apart from his goal, the striker was very well handled by the Arsenal back-four and Gibbs insists they didn't let his return effect them.

"I think it had a part to play but we have other things that we need to concentrate on," Gibbs told Arsenal.com. "To be honest, we have our own ambitions. That's more important than any individual player. I felt that the boys were fully committed to the cause and what we wanted to achieve.

"I think that, in the end, overshadowed anything else that was going on so credit to the players.

"Over the 90 minutes, I felt we were a lot better in the first half. Apart from some counter-attacks in the second half [when United looked dangerous], we're the ones who should be disappointed not to get the three points.

"We looked a bit tired [in the second half]. I felt that we dominated the first half. It was difficult for us to find our feet in the second half but all credit to the team, we gave everything to try and get the win."

 

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