RVP puts record straight

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Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has come out to deny any rift with manager Arsene Wenger.

The Dutchman was pictured protesting at the substitution of starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the loss to Manchester United on Sunday.


This dissent has been depicted as indicative of a rift in the Gunners squad, but Van Persie has been swift to quash any suggestion of such.


“I was not having a go at the boss on Sunday — I was just sad to see Alex leave the pitch as he just gave the assist for our only goal,” he said in The Sun.


“I was not questioning his judgment — I know it's not my place to challenge what Arsene Wenger does.


“He is the boss, he makes the decisions and that's it... end of story.”


Regardless of whether the Holland international’s words are sincere, the home support at Emirates Stadium were unanimous in their feelings towards the substitution.


The removal of Oxlade-Chamberlain was not the only issue, it was the introduction of Andrei Arshavin – a player many Arsenal fans feel is not fully committed.


The decision backfired spectacularly as Arsenal, who looked the team most likely to win at that point, lost all momentum and subsequently the game.


Arshavin was poor in his attempts to stop Antonio Valencia driving into the box and the Ecuadorian then proceeded to set up the winning goal.


However, the Gunners talisman was unwavering in his assertion that Wenger had done the right thing and that Oxlade-Chamberlain’s physical condition was suffering – something the watching fans may not have been able to ascertain.


“When Arsene makes a decision, it is based on a lot of information that everyone else might not know about and he will never betray,” he added in The Sun article.


“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a calf injury. We did not know that but the boss did and brought Andrey Arshavin on.”


Van Persie followed this reinforcement of Wenger’s authority but stating, unequivocally, that the harmony of his squad is good and there are no problems.


“There is no problem, there is no conflict and there is no controversy. The boss knows that, I know that, the players all know that,” concluded the 28-year-old.


“But it's important the Arsenal fans know that and that people in the game know that.”

Robin Van Persie
Premier League

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