Robin van Persie: Arsenal fan Romesh Ranganathan roasted Dutchman on TV in 2019

Robin van Persie was on his way to legendary status at Arsenal.

The Dutch striker joined the Gunners when he was just 20 years old in 2004.

He enjoyed incredible individual success during his stay in north London.

Van Persie scored 123 times in 278 games as he emerged into one of the world’s best strikers.

However, despite his brilliance up front, he was unable to guide Arsenal to much silverware.

He won just two trophies during his stint with the club: The Community Shield in 2004 and the FA Cup in 2005.

Arsenal’s lack of success led Van Persie to pursue a move away in 2012.

A month after publicly revealing he would not sign a contract extension with the Gunners, he joined bitter rivals Manchester United in a £24m move.

Robin van Persie in action for Arsenal
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 21: Robin van Persie of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Blackpool at The Emirates Stadium on August 21, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The decision to join The Red Devils was understandably met with great anger from Arsenal fans.

Romesh Ranganathan, an English actor and comedian, was one Arsenal fan who lost his respect for the man he once regarded as a hero.

And he made his feelings very clear after coming face-to-face with Van Persie on live TV a few years’ back.

Ranganathan and Van Persie both appeared on the Sky programme ‘A League of Their Own’ in 2019.

VIDEO: Ranganathan destroys Van Persie on ‘A League of Their Own’

James Corden, who was presenter of the show at the time, asked Ranganathan: “Now. Romesh, you must be excited as an Arsenal fan to be on the same show as one of Man United’s greatest ever strikers?”

After a few seconds, Ranganathan looked Van Persie in the eye and said with disdain: “You’re a p**** mate.”

The audience burst into laughter. Van Persie also had a beaming smile on his face.

Robin Van Persie in action for Man United in 2019
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 14: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on December 14, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Ranganathan was not done, though. He added: “Great player… I just hope he sticks around for the whole show. He’ll probably go to A Question of Sport in the ad-break.”

It’s clear that Ranganathan still wasn’t over Van Persie leaving Arsenal for their bitter rivals.

He’s not the only Arsenal fan that felt that way, that’s for sure.

Fair play to Van Persie, who took Ranganathan’s comments well and laughed along with those in attendance.

It must have felt good for Ranganathan to tell Van Persie exactly how he felt, though.

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