Wenger unhappy with Van Persie abuse
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is disappointed with the vocal abuse given to Manchester United striker Robin van Persie on Sunday.
Van Persie – returning to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since his £24 million switch to United in the off-season – bagged a first-half penalty to cancel out Theo Walcott's opener as the two sides played out an exciting 1-1 Premier League draw.
As expected, the Dutch forward was the target of abuse from the Arsenal supporters, and Wenger said that reception was far from ideal, while he also hailed his side's commitment.
"I think it's disappointing that, when you come back, you get real aggression from the fans," Wenger told Sky Sports.
"From the first to the last minute, it was two teams giving absolutely everything to win. We gave everything and, at the end of the day, the regret you have is the way we conceded the goal. Just before half-time, that was a serious blow to us."
Wenger claims his fans felt 'disappointed love' when Van Persie walked out on the club, before claiming that his defenders had done a good job to curb his influence.
"They loved him, so today it was a little bit [of] disappointed love," Wenger said afterwards.
"I don't think he scored, he scored a penalty. It counts but it's not completely the same.
"Our defenders didn't make life easy for him at all. We played with great commitment. And I feel our two central defenders played very well."
Wenger – who revealed that Van Persie was in the Arsenal dressing room after the match to see his former team-mates – believes his side will still finish third and gain an automatic qualification for the UEFA Champions League, despite the fact they dropped to fourth on Sunday after Chelsea's 2-0 win over Swansea City.
"If we win our games it will be enough and I'm convinced we will be there," he said.
"There is no room for dropping points but the other teams are in the same position."