By Chris Wright
Remember on Sunday afternoon? Against Manchester United? When Robin van Persie mouthed the words ‘oh no’ as Arsenal’s most enterprising attacking threat was substituted off for Andrey Arshavin? Apparently that was a thing. ‘Oh-No-gate’, if you will.
Skipping over the fact that Van Persie was obviously only miffed about the fact that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal’s best player on the night, and RVP’s main supply line) was being taken off, rather than the fact that it was Arshavin waiting on the touchline to replace him – it appears that ‘Oh-No-gate’ has been taken as a clear indication that the Gunners’ captain had lost all faith in his manager’s ability. Something like that anyway.
According to The Sun (among others), Van Persie’s reaction was ‘controversial’ and, as such, the Dutchman has been forced to explain his heretic ways in an exclusive interview with them:
“I was not having a go at the boss on Sunday – I was just sad to see Alex leave the pitch as he just gave the assist for our only goal.
“I was not questioning his judgement – I know it’s not my place to challenge what Arsene Wenger does. Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain had a calf injury. We [the players] did not know that, but the boss did and brought Andrey Arshavin on.”
“The manager and I are fine and my relationship with the club is good. There is no problem, there is no conflict and there is no controversy. The boss knows that, I know that and the players know that.”
Thank Jesusallahbuddha for that. Crisis averted. Whisper it, but it looks like the harmless mouthing of the words ‘oh’ and, indeed, ‘no’ on a football pitch may just have been completely insignificant all along.
Christ on a bike. While we’re on the subject, I’m just going to leave this here…
Via the ever-awesome FitbaThatba.