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Wenger: Van Persie Should Have Been Sent Off

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims Robin van Persie should have been sent off before Jack Wilshere during the Gunners 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims former captain Robin van Persie should have been sent off before Jack Wilshere during the Gunners 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.

Dutch striker van Persie made the move to Old Trafford from north London in the summer and took less than 3 minutes to score against his former side during United’s 2-1 win at the weekend.

With United 1-0 up, the 29-year-old picked up a yellow card for a late tackle on Bacary Sagna in the early stages of the second half, shortly before Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Wenger claims that Wilshere’s dismissal was ‘harsh’ and that referee Mike Dean was ‘naive’ by giving the United player license to dive in order to get the youngster sent off. Wenger said in the Mirror.

“I thought the red card was very harsh,” said Wenger. “And I find the referee very naive.

“When you say to a player, ‘For the next foul you’re going to get a second yellow’, that’s a signal to everybody in the opposing team to dive. And of course they do it. That is what is absolutely useless. If you get a warning, you are saying to the other team that with the next foul, if you dive, the player is off.

“Why do referees do that? It’s ­absolutely naive. To me Wilshere’s tackle looked a regular challenge.”

The Frenchman also claims that van Persie should have been sent off for his earlier tackle on Sagna, he continued.

“If he sends off Wilshere, he has to send off Van Persie for fouling Bacary Sagna in the second half.

“From outside, Van Persie’s tackle looked a red card.”

Do you agree? Was Van Persie’s challenge a red card? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. Emmanuel

    November 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

    sending jack off was wasnt the right thing to do.but talking of giving VP a red card isnt right either.

  2. Goon B4 time

    November 5, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Other issues regardless of who needed to be sent off or not need to be addressed by Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. Truth is that us Gunners just were second to everything and for such a big match you could sense the players felt themselves they were second best. Really lacked hunger. Need to improve but all is not lost. You don’t win or lose the league in 10 games. Come on Arsenal, believe in your quality, we are better than this!

  3. paul

    November 5, 2012 at 10:20 am

    jack, v.p, cleverly, should all have been sent off, but against man-u , you should expect something like that. why santos started i dont understand, koscielny might be nervous for the first few minutes but he desrved playing in place of verminator while vermalin shud have played in place of santos. look for another formation that suits poldi or he could be better from right wing. if you love ramsey so much, he plays better in midfield, though he flops whenever he wishes to besides please do something about wellington da silva

  4. Rana

    November 5, 2012 at 10:36 am

    It’s time Wenger stops blaming others and start looking at his own inept management decisions. Why is Ramsey still starting every game? Santos does lot belong there either. Why was Walcot not started? Arshavin showed enough talent in the few minutes he was allowed. He should get more time. Arsen can blame players, injuries, referee, weather, even bad luck. Good players are wasted and bad players are consistently starting the game. It’s really time for AW to go.

  5. yakubu m.odah

    November 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Sending wilshere was harsh and really spoil the good game on saturday,and van percy challenge on sagna was a red card one I hope all refs will be fare to all

  6. Charlie

    November 5, 2012 at 10:57 am

    As an Arsenal fan I will honestly say it wouldn’t have made the slightest difference to the result. Arsenal couldn’t create a single chance with 11 men up until Wilshere was sent off. I think Arsene is well aware that he needs to build confidence and this is an attempt to persuade the team that they weren’t simply dreadful on the day. I wish he would just come out and say they were dreadful but he said that before and got no reaction. It’s a club in crisis with no desire and the lack of determination is what disappoints the most.

    • stubby gooner

      November 5, 2012 at 11:13 am

      I can only blame the manager for the team selection, tactics and for playing players out of position. Mind you, either he or the board or both are not helping by allowing our best players to run down their contracts and then allowing them to leave and then buying bargain basement replacements.

  7. Isaac akinade

    November 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Wenger is right,nt only rvp,so also cleverly b4 he was substituted.rvp did d same thing in match against l’pool nd refree did nothing bt shevley got red.also game against chelsea, wat of suarez goal against everton. And wat amazing me is dat wen d refs make their idiotic decisns dey would stil blv dat dey re right by spoken jargons, wat a shame 4 ass.ref. 2 said dat he ‘think so’ wen gerrard asked him dat,was suarez goal an offside nt sure wat he raised flag 4,nd why mike dean told wilshere dat he wil give him second ylw in presence of man.u diving players nd he did so.dis so how piss-poor english refrees nd f.a 4 backing dem.

  8. talib

    November 5, 2012 at 11:39 am

    stupid manager that blame RVP….all your mistake sell the player to man utd… you are changing the topic to avoid the comment on you……you are big FUMBLE MANAGER OF THE SEASON

  9. Ben

    November 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Arsene Wenger is either getting senile or delusional. Play Walcott and Arshavin. Dump glory seeking selfish and thinks he is so talented Ramsey. Santos should be frozen out of the team. A freaking disgrace.

  10. Petrez

    November 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Arsene wenger n arsenal fans r only lukin 4 a dog 2 give a bad name. Did arsenal deserve even a goal in dat match after d rubbish they played? Sometin sld b done fast abt d team, if not arsenal will finish out side first 10 on d log.

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