Van Persie spits dummy after shock Wigan loss
Tue, 17 Apr 2012 8:59a.m.
The Emirates home crowd were also shocked after just eight minutes when Wigan took a 2-0 lead.
But what happened at the end of the match highlighted just how much Arsenal players were frustrated with the loss.
The English Premier League’s top goalscorer refused to shake hands with Wigan’s Gary Caldwell.
Caldwell tried to shake hands but van Persie – although initially looking as though he would – continually swatted his hand away. Caldwell then looked to ride the Arsenal striker by offering his hand over and over.
Watch the video for the incident.
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18/04/2012 6:44:53 a.m.
play the game...shake hands...move on
18/04/2012 1:24:25 a.m.
Gunners lets focus forward to grip our 3rd position with all the strength and let the wigans run away from thier relagated misery.GO Gunners GO....................
17/04/2012 3:25:07 p.m.
Can you image it if it was Luis Suarez, the whole of England will be up in arms against him, I wonder if Fergy think that Robin is a disgrace to the English football, and so on, and so on, very hypocritical.
Double standards as usual.
17/04/2012 10:47:17 a.m.
We are not stupid you know... It's clear for all to see it' s the other way around. Get your facts right it's not only an insult to van Persie but also to your readers.
17/04/2012 10:37:47 a.m.
Sorry gents but a handshake is a right handed gesture; something that Caldwell is clearly going for; RVP petulantly resisting when (captain to captain) he should accept the offered hand. Vital that these moments are correctly done... kids are looking and learning...
17/04/2012 10:28:05 a.m.
You are such a bunch of one-eyed Gooners! RVP CLEARLY offers his left hand only in a back handed gesture. A hand shake is ONLY with the right hand - RVP did this deliberately, Caldwell was right not to accept it.
17/04/2012 10:08:21 a.m.
why are you trying to create news?
its clear van persie offers his hand but caldwell moves his away.
caldwell clearly wants to iritate van persie but uses a pretence of the handshake to get close..
caldwell tries upset van persie.. thats not news is it?
17/04/2012 9:52:15 a.m.
We didnt deserve to lose this one but the early goals showed our defensive incapabities. We attack too much that we forget we have to defend. All in all, this was a wobbler to challenge us for the chavs game. Up gunnerz!
17/04/2012 9:43:26 a.m.
Anand Patel wrote:
I'm afraid I would disagree with this interpretation of what happened at the end of the match. It looks as though Van Persie responded by attempting to shake Caldwell's hand on a couple of occasions but Caldwell pulled his hand away repeatedly whilst taunting him. Eventually Van Persie clearly got frustrated and squatted Candwell's hand away.
17/04/2012 9:42:52 a.m.
Rewatch it - Wigan player pulls away and goads RVP
Stop fishing for hits!!!
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