Captain Robin van Persie: No, we cannot hide behind injuries or suspensions
Written by Renzo on August 30, 2011 4:30
With manager Arsene Wenger opting to focus on injured and suspended players in his post-match press conference after the Manchester United defeat, captain Robin van Persie had other ideas as he described the performance as simply “not good enough”.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after the game, the Dutchman started by admitting that the 8-2 result was an honest one as the Red Devils performed better, took their chances and therefore deserved to win the game with such a big scoreline with the striker unhappy with chances not taken, including of course his penalty miss when the score was 1-0.
Asked if missing eight-nine players was a reason why the scoreline was so heavy, the 28-year replied with a determined, “no”, saying that injuries and suspensions are part of the game and cannot be used as an excuse when the referee blows the final whistle.
van Persie concluded by praising the Arsenal fans who kept encouraging the team until the very last second of the game with the Dutchman saying that the players appreciated the support, one of the positive things of the game.
On Sunday, the captain said:
[My reaction?] I think it’s an honest result, if you look at the game, sounds crazy maybe but it is [as] ManU were much better than us so we have to deal with that and look for the next game which is in two weeks.
We had a couple of chances on 3-1, I felt that had we taken one of them it would have been a different game but it’s always ifs and buts, but if you look at the facts, it’s just simply not good enough, ManU was much better and they punished us hard, and yeah, we can’t change anything unfortunately.
[The penalty?] Yeah, a couple of minutes later it was two nil and I was gutted about that. I was quite confident before the pen about my corner but he saved it well, I think it was an OK-taken penalty, good save.
Those things happen you know, the best players miss penalties, unfortunately it was my turn today and it was a bit of a turning point as well because had it gone in, it’s 1-1 and maybe a different game but again, it’s ifs.
[Missing nine players?] It’s not an excuse because they had players out as well, so no, I do not think that we can hide behind injuries or suspensions, this is what happens in football.
Everyone knows that injuries happen in football, suspensions happen in football so you can’t hide behind that, no, not at all, this was our strongest team today, we gave our maximum but clearly not good enough.
[Bouncing back?] Of course, we need to. We have Swansea I think in two weeks time at home which is a good opponent, a good challenge for us so I’m looking forward to it, you know.
The fans were great, That is one really positive thing. They were cheering us up all game for 90 minutes. We really appreciate that. Sometimes you see fans leaving early but I did not see that.
When we went to the fans to thank them after the game, it looked like every seat was still full. That was a good feeling. I love that. It really cheered us up.