Van Persie shines in 1-1 draw with Arsenal

Manchester United has already been named as the EPL title winner for this season and in its last few matches it was expected to face a stiff competition from other teams. Arsenal, who recently announced to offer a guard of honor for United’s triumph in the EPL, played with them in style on Saturday night. It offered them an honor and then it made them taste a strong competition and ended the match as 1-1 draw. A draw means, United cannot defeat Chelsea’s highest score record in the EPL, while it was also a loss for Arsenal, coz they are now displaced by Chelsea on the third place. Chelsea interim manager has already said on several occasions that he wants his team to finish on top four positions this season. It was Robin van Persie who capitalized a penalty and deteriorated his former team Arsenal’s chances to make it to the Champions League. It was his 31st goal in the season since he made a shift as a part of hefty 24 million-pound package and includes a hat-trick last Monday when defeated Aston Villa to clinch their 20th top-flight crown. United wait for being the higher scorer in the EPL is yet extended coz they only have three games left in the league.

It was more a devastating show for the home crowd coz they were looking at their former star player playing against them, and more importantly, snatching a win from them. Arsenal took the lead within two minutes of the game via Theo Walcott shot, but when Van Persie was called on the pitch just before the halftime, he quickly found the net and leveled the score. Van Persie, who used to be a main player of Arsenal, proved to be the biggest threat for his own former team. Perhaps, how used to he has been for Arsenal can easily be understood that he went into their dressing room and returned when he realized his mistake. Nobody knows if he was unaware of the deal entered by him in last August or it was just a genuine mistake!

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports after the match that “It takes bottle to take a penalty when the crowd are booing. We have a great spirit of applauding players when they come back to our club. I expected the booing to be honest with you.”