Rafael van der Vaart issued a special birthday message on Monday evening and had a dig at Arsenal in the process.
The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder wrote on Twitter that he was looking forward to seeing former clubs Ajax, Real Madrid and Spurs in the Champions League this week.
And, while posting a goal he scored for Hamburg against Arsenal, he signed off by saying: “Wondering who’s playing Thursdays”.
Thank you to everyone for all the birthday messages. Here’s one of my favourite goals, against Arsenal!!
Glad @ChampionsLeague is back this week with my clubs @AFCAjax @realmadrid and @SpursOfficial all in action. Wondering who’s playing Thursdays? ? pic.twitter.com/qSF3NK73eV
— Rafael van der Vaart (@rafvdvaart) February 11, 2019
The Gunners, of course, face BATE Borisov on Thursday in the Europa League, while Spurs face Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
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Van der Vaart has history with the Gunners and was never on the losing side when he scored in a north London derby.
The ex-Netherlands international spent two years at Spurs between 2010 and 2012 after a shock move to the club from Real Madrid.
And Tottenham fans enjoyed their former star’s dig at the Gunners, who are currently sitting fifth in the Premier League table, 10 points behind third-placed Spurs.
Yes Rafa!! ?
— Sam Lewis (@SammyBoy23) February 11, 2019
“Wondering who’s playing on Thursday”. BRILLIANT RAFA.
— Nurul Islam (@mohafurush) February 11, 2019
Proper Tottenham pic.twitter.com/xDqlVYJ1JE
— Lilywhite Rose (@Lilywhite_Rose) February 12, 2019
YES KING WE LOVE YOU????
— melissa (@Vertonghens) February 11, 2019
— Josh Tiano (@josh_tiano) February 11, 2019
You legend! #COYS ???
— Tottenham and Boxing Talk (@TottenhamBoxing) February 11, 2019
Na na na na na na na, Rafa Van Der Vaart, Van der Vaart, Rafa Van Der Vaart!
— The Spurs Compendium (@SpursCompendium) February 11, 2019
Happy Birthday…will forever be a legend at Tottenham
— Stephen Cussen (@StephenC7780) February 11, 2019