Yesterday saw Robin Van Persie take on his former employees, for the third time since walking out on the Gunners in the summer of 2012.
The Dutchman gave the usual quotes upon his departure, about how he would always ‘love’ and ‘respect’ the club, and how he simply had to ‘listen to the little boy inside’.
He also claimed he would ‘never celebrate’ a goal against his former employees, similar to the promise Cristiano Ronaldo made upon his departure from Old Trafford.
But it seems the words ‘for a year’ were missing from RVP’s quote.
He scored two in two appearances against Arsenal last season (obviously) and refused to celebrate.
But his looping header to earn United three crucial points yesterday was celebrated more fiercely than perhaps any he has struck for the Champions.
What has changed for RVP?
Was his verbal contract only bound for a year? Was he caught up in the moment? Or has he got sick of the stick he receives from Gunners fans after all his years of service at the Emirates?
Perhaps a combination of all three, but at least it may put a stop to footballers pretending they ‘care’ and showing ‘respect’ by refusing to celebrate against their old clubs, like Ronaldo did during the Champions League last season.
Let’s be honest, they’re not fooling anyone!