Robin Van Persie Criticised for Post Match Phone Call: Should Arsenal Be Worried


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Feyenoord legend Willem van Hanegem has criticised Robin van Persie’s actions directly after Netherlands’ shock Euro 2012 defeat to Denmark.

The Arsenal talisman was seen making a phone call on the pitch immediately after the conclusion of Oranje’s 1-0 reverse in their tournament opener.

Van Persie endured a poor game against a disciplined Denmark side, and looked nowhere near his best.

“What kind of impression does this make?” Van Hanegem wrote in his column in Algemeen Dagblad. “You just lost a very important match where you missed a few very good chances and then the people see you calling on the side of the pitch!

“I really think this is impossible to believe and [Bert] Van Marwijk should talk to him about this.

“I don’t get why he was calling there. It’s something you shouldn’t do and I have never seen this in my life.”

SOURCE: Soccerway

One does have to wonder what was so urgent that Robin Van Persie had to take the phone call literally seconds after his Dutch side had suffered a surprise defeat to Denmark. Clearly if Holland had won then no one would have given a damn whether the Arsenal man was using his phone, hell even if he was calling to order a pizza it wouldn’t even register, however perhaps the former Feyenoord midfielder has a valid point.

Arsenal fans may well read far too much into the possible phone-call but that can not be helped.

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