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Remembering When Robin Van Persie Was Called "A P****" By An Arsenal Fan

Remembering When Robin Van Persie Was Called "A P****" By An Arsenal Fan

Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie appeared on popular Sky One TV show 'A League Of Their Own' this week and it quickly turned awkward.

The 36-year-old joined former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew and comedian Romesh Ranganathan on the episode hosted by James Cordon.

It was all going smoothly for van Persie until Ranganathan, a huge Arsenal fan, gave his brutally honest thoughts on his fellow guest.

Image: Sky One
Image: Sky One
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Image: Sky One
Image: Sky One

Cordon asked the comedian whether he was "excited" by being on the same show as "one of Manchester United's greatest ever strikers."

Then, in a quite awkward series of events, Ranganathan says: "You're a pr*** mate" before the audience burst into laughter.

Van Persie gave a polite smile but you can just sense the situation was a little uncomfortable for the former Arsenal striker, who spent eight successful years under Arsene Wenger before leaving in 2012.

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The Dutchman went on to win his first Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford, scoring 31 goals in all competitions.

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Van Persie has been regarded as one of Sir Alex Feguson's greatest coups and it's hard to disagree.

He made a huge impact at 'The Red Devils' in his brief three year spell leading the line at Old Trafford.

It's fair to say that his former clubs haven't had the greatest of seasons so far.

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Arsenal are currently 11th in the Premier League and Mikel Arteta, one of van Persie's former teammates, finds himself in charge after Unai Emery was sacked in November.

Meanwhile, United are yet to find their feet under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.

Despite Boxing Day victory over Newcastle United, Solskjaer's side are seventh in the Premier League table and four points off the top four.

Coincidentally, the two teams clash on New Years Day and it'll be live on BT Sport.

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Arteta faces a tricky start to his Arsenal tenure with Chelsea on Sunday followed by United on New Year's Day. (Image Credit: PA)
Arteta faces a tricky start to his Arsenal tenure with Chelsea on Sunday followed by United on New Year's Day. (Image Credit: PA)

Van Persie is currently working as a pundit for the channel so there's a chance he could make a return to the Emirates Stadium.

Do you think Arsenal and Manchester United will get into the top four this season?

Sound off in the comments below.

Featured Image Credit: Sky

Topics: Manchester United, Robin van Persie, Funny, Arsenal, Sky

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.