Robin van Persie surprised with chocolate leg goal, confused by offside rule
Written by Renzo on February 14, 2011 15:00
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie was visibly delighted after last Saturday’s 2-0 win at the Emirates against Wolves.
Speaking to BBC after the game, the Dutchman explained that the Gunners had a good game, did well in the defensive department and scored two goals at the right moment. Asked about his first goal, a well-taken volley to give the Gunners the lead, the striker admitted he was surprised by how clean he hit the ball as he joked about scoring yet another goal with his right foot, the so-called “chocolate leg”.
On the second goal which saw Cesc Fabregas pick Theo Walcott on the right with the 27-year old in an “inactive” offside position when the move started, van Persie said he knows the rule but it should maybe be changed to make it easier for everyone to understand.
Described by him as “too complicated”, the Arsenal man explained that things should be made easier for the referee, his assistants, the fans and also the players as he concluded by saying how it is unlikely that his advice to be taken in consideration.
After the Wolves game, he said:
We had a good game, defended well and the two goals came at the right moment. I was a bit surprised [with the first goal] because it went in quite good with my chocolate leg, I was pleased and came at a good moment because we were not as lively as we wanted to be.
[The second goal?] The way you explained [the goal to me], I wasn’t offside if you go by the book. But I think we should make [the offside rule] as easy as possible for everyone, for the referee, for the linesmen, for the fans and us because now it’s just too complicated. So that’s my advice, but I’m sure they won’t listen to me.