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[Video] Gary Neville Backs Van Persie Over Krul Clash

Former Man Utd captain Gary Neville backed Robin van Persie after the striker clashed with Tim Krul following Arsenal’s last minute winner against Newcastle.

Arsenal beat Newcastle United 2-1 at the Emirates last night thanks to a goal from Thomas Vermaelen in the dying seconds of the allotted 5 minutes of injury time.

Many questioned where such an amount of injury time had come from, but i think anyone who watched the game could figure it out; Tim Krul and his consistent time wasting.

The keeper took an age to distribute whenever he was in possession of the ball, starting as early as the 20th minute, and this clearly angered his compatriot Robin van Persie, who was seen arguing with the stopper throughout the game about his time wasting. So it was no surprise to see RVP sarcastically ask Krul to take his time getting the ball from his net after Vermaelen’s winner.

But Krul took exception to this and ran 40 yards to confront van P and handbags ensued. Van Persie was clearly fired up and as an Arsenal fan, i loved it! It was great to see the passion shown by our captain and you could see how much the winner had meant to him.

When Sky Sports came to analyse the incident after the game, i was fully expecting the usual drivel from the pundits about how RVP was a ‘bad example to the game‘ or ‘as captain of Arsenal, he should know better’, blah, blah. So it was refreshing to hear a former Man Utd captain back Van Persie’s actions.

I can’t believe i’m going to say this, as i’ve spent over 10 years of my life hating the bloke as a United player, but Gary Neville is an excellent and very likeable pundit. He knows what he’s talking about and isn’t scared to give an honest opinion on matters when others would shy away in fear of being censored by the powers that be. Fair play to him.

Anyway, for those who haven’t seen it, here is the RVP vs Krul incident and G Nev’s take on it:

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. s j little

    March 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    The miracle might continue and we could see Djourou, Chamahk, and Squillaci come out fighting! What has happened to get the players suddenly realising they are not wearing any shirt but The Arsenal shirt which means its does not matter if you lose so long as you lose leaving the fans proud of a fighting display as is expected of an Arsenal team

  2. utd111

    March 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Personally I thought “Van Hire’s” antics were infantile – but whatever floats your boat mate.

    • MrGooner

      March 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Its called passion or have man utd forgotten that

      • utd111

        March 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm

        What’s Man Utd got to do with it???

  3. GunnerX

    March 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    RVP – Pure class mate, loved it when he told Krul to ‘take his time picking ball up from the net’ particularly as he took an age to do the most simplest of task. Karma is a bitch!

  4. Mike

    March 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    What a load of drivel….The incident that RVP got so uptight about was when Krull was given the ball and he kept it at his feet for a while…It wasnt a goal kick the ball was in paly and Krull was well with in his rights to keep the ball for the rest of the agme if wants….thats liek saying Arsenal midfielders passing the ball around in midfield and not letting the opposistion touch it is time wasting…..

    • Daniyal

      March 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      good point. However RVP is right to feel annoyed. You are there to play a game of football. Keeping the ball is playing football, standing with the ball at your feet is not playing football. Rights or no rights, the fans come to see football, not a bloke standing there with the ball at his feet. I am sick of these timewasting tactics so I can’t even imagine how annoyed robin msut have been. And how happy he must have been after vermaelen scored in the 94th minute. maybe if krul didn’t waste time newcastle might have had a chance to score with the saved time. Not always does a moment like that happen. I think Robin was well within his right to have laugh after that.

    • Paul

      March 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Mike,
      Perhaps you should get back to school before commenting as you sure as hell need to learn how to spell properly my 5 year old can spell better than you.
      RVP was just childish the way he carried on, if he has a problem with the keeper he should be dealing with the ref, linesman and the 4th official to sort it out not try and make it a crusade on his own to do it, he should have been yellow carded long before though

  5. Aminu @ jos

    March 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Tell him to take his time in picking the ball from his net to centre circle for restart. Hahahahaha

  6. IHAVEAGUN

    March 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Another great victory and most of all passion being shown by the players and especially RVP. Will be an interesting final ten games and Summer to follow.

  7. con-kamp

    March 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Cnt believe I have been reduced to making such a comment but sincerely, I was beyond being irked after reading a certain mike’s comments..utter stupidity!! Its mystifying to see a fool compare krul time wastage to Arsenal’s midfield passing game. What has become of soccer fans? Had common sense been kicked out! Am disgusted!

    • alex

      March 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      you put down other fans and say they’re fake yet you call it soccer lol. how ironic. The point is Arsenal’s passing tactics are while the ball is in active play and they are setting up not only the midfield but allowing the forwards and strikers/wingers to set up for a long ball or a path to get into the box. krul was messing about just holding the ball at his feet, not making any forward effort. you should think before you talk, and if your a newcastle fan we’ll let you know how the champs league is next year. HA.

  8. Paul

    March 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    RVP will be gone after the season and good riddance don’t need someone like him the bloke behaved like a complete twat last night

    • Dan T

      March 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Pah! You want the most exciting player in the EPL to leave because he had an arguement with someone? I don’t see what the big deal is, 2 men had a small arguement – Woopdy-frickin-doo, who honestly gives a rats ass?
      Arsenal deserved to win the game and did, end of.

    • Mint

      March 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

      you’re an idiot lol

      van persie would be the first name on any teams sheet in this league. i love the fact he’s passionate about the game and the club. who cares now, it’s over & newcastle got what they deserved from the game… nothing… RvP 10 / 10

  9. Anesh

    March 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Not sure why ppl are moaning over RVPs reaction to Kruls time wasting. Ok, he had the right to do this as the ball was in play but come on, as a FAN, I AM NOT THERE AT THE STADIUM PAYING HUGE POUNDS, DOLLARS TO watch a prick time waste like that. RVP did the right thing and Kruls plan backfired…..Serves him right, and the idiots who support him.

  10. ne

    March 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    hahahahahaha….spot on G.Nev, the sky commentator being shot there. Thanks Gerry.

  11. chibyke nigeria

    March 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

    time wasting has come to stay in football .as sad it may sound. but krul took it too far.he started time wasting even in the first half.thats too early esp from a team in the top half of the table.for those u justify it or not,it remains your opinon

  12. utd111

    March 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    To suggest that Tim Krul was “wasting time” in the first half is ludicrous! There’s a big difference between slowing down a game to disrupt the opposition’s flow, or wasting time towards the end of a game!
    But whatever Tim Krul did or did not do is for the ref to deal with – it does not excuse Van Plonker behaving like the big kid he is and showing himself up.

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