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Van Persie respectful after Arsenal reunion

3 November 2012 16:37

Robin van Persie hailed Manchester United's victory over Arsenal as a 'special day' after the 29-year-old scored against his former club.

Hosts United ran out 2-1 winners in a game they dominated after Van Persie opened the scoring inside three minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Netherlands international has scored eight goals in ten English Premier League games for Alex Ferguson's side and has now scored against all 20 of the clubs in the league.

"It was special day, and I think we played well," he told Sky Sports.

"We were a bit sloppy with chances; we should've scored two or three more. But in the end I'm happy with the three points and that's what matters.

"It's the first time I've ever played against my former club, because I only have three. Yes, it was a special day, but in the end it's about the game like I said. We won it, and I'm pleased with that.”

When asked why he didn't celebrate the goal against his former side, Van Persie said: "I think it speaks for itself; I played there eight years. I had a fantastic time there. I respect the fans, the players, the manager, the whole club. So that's why."

Van Persie and Wayne Rooney have formed a fine partnership up front for United, and the Netherlands striker believes he has found the reason why they are forming a potent double.

"We spoke about it last week, funnily enough, and I believe we are both nine-and-a-half, because we have two positions; both nine and 10," he said.

"We both play a bit behind and a bit high up, and it seems to work well. I'm very happy with him and hopefully we can keep going."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
3 November 2012
Game week
10
Kick-off
13:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 1
Venue
Old Trafford (Manchester)
Attendance
75492

Goals

1 - 0
P. Evra 67'
(assist by W. Rooney) 
2 - 0
2 - 1
90'+5 Cazorla

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
5
3 67'
6
2
16
7
18 29'
23 37'
20 3' 60'
10 45+1' 81'
Coach: A. Ferguson
# Player Bookings
24
4
3
5
11
8 90'
19 90+5'
10 14' 69'
16
9
12
Coach: A. Wenger

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
8 72'
17
13
14
22
25
31
# Player Bookings
14
23 83'
6
22
25
29
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8 8 +1 11
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19 8 -9 4
20 8 -12 4

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