Celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan has ridiculed the club’s former captain Robin van Persie after the Dutchman was removed from penalty duties by Manchester United.
The 31-year-old had the perfect opportunity to equalise for the Red Devils at Old Trafford on Saturday when they were awarded a penalty against West Bromwich Albion, who led 1-0.
However, his spot-kick was saved by Baggies goalkeeper Boaz Myhill and the scoreline remained the same, condemning the hosts to their third straight Premier League game without a point or even a goal.
Head coach Louis van Gaal has now decided to strip his compatriot of penalty-taking duties, much to the amusement of television personality and former Daily Mirror editor Morgan, who refers to the player as ‘Van Pursestrings’, in reference to his big-money move from Arsenal to United in 2012:
‘He is at the end of the road’ – van Gaal on Van Pursestrings. Oh no. Poor Robin. http://t.co/dHaLUbxeBQ
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 4, 2015
Van Persie, who spent eight years with the Gunners prior to his controversial switch to the red side of Manchester, has hardly featured for his team this calendar year due to an ankle injury.
He has one year remaining on his contract but could be sold this summer if an acceptable offer is made.