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Wenger: Van Persie is an Arsenal man

8 November 2013 19:14

Robin van Persie may be a Manchester United player, but Arsene Wenger insists he will always be an "Arsenal man" at heart.

The Netherlands international moved from the Emirates Stadium to Old Trafford last year and was a major part of United's Premier League winning side last season, but Wenger believes his loyalties will always draw him to his former club.

Van Persie joined Arsenal from Feyenoord in 2004 and went on to become the club's eighth highest scorer with 132 goals.

He will face Arsenal for the third time since leaving on Sunday, and Wenger admitted he still finds it odd seeing the 30-year-old in the red of United and not his side.

"Of course it's strange because for me he is an Arsenal man," the Frenchman said.

"I took him when he was a very, very young player.

"We have gone together through very difficult periods and he became a world-class player and for me he is an Arsenal player."

Van Persie has scored nine goals in 13 appearances for United this season, adding to the 30 he scored in all competitions last term.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
10 November 2013
Game week
11
Kick-off
17:10
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Old Trafford (Manchester)
Attendance
75138

Goals

R. van Persie 27'
(assist by W. Rooney) 
1 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
15
3
6
12
4 42'
16
25
26
20 27'
10 75'
Coach: D. Moyes
# Player Bookings
1
3 31'
5
28
6
11
8
20 44'
19
16
12
Coach: A. Wenger

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
23
11
31
13
14
17
44
# Player Bookings
10 81'
23
44
17
21
25
45

Monday 29 December

Sunday 28 December

23:47
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21:20
20:41
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11:23
10:54
10:38
07:46
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Saturday 27 December

23:31
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18:41
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17:14
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 19 +27 46
2 19 +24 43
3 19 +14 36
4 19 +17 33
5 19 +11 33
6 19 +7 31
7 19 +0 31
8 18 +4 28
9 19 -6 26
10 18 -2 25
11 19 -2 25
12 19 -2 21
13 19 -11 21
14 19 -11 20
15 19 -13 18
16 19 -10 17
17 19 -8 16
18 19 -10 16
19 19 -15 16
20 19 -14 13

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