Embarrassing! Arsenal fans hit out at Santos after taking Van Persie's shirt at HALF-TIME
14:18 GMT, 3 November 2012
Arsenal fans reacted furiously on Saturday afternoon after Andre Santos made a beeline for former team-mate Robin van Persie and asked for his shirt as the players walked off at half-time of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
It had been the closest anyone got the Manchester United striker in the first 45 minutes.
And fans were angry at the perceived lack of professionalism.
Get shirty: Andre Santos asked for Robin van Persie's shirt at half-time
On Twitter, @LBFutbol wrote: 'Santos
shouldn't be allowed to come back on the pitch after that,' while
another added, 'Incredible demonstration after that shambles of a 45
minutes from the “defender”.'
Others, including @GoonerTalk, said,
'Unbelievable', @wilforiley added, 'Andre Santos… The single biggest
joke to ever wear the Arsenal shirt', and @EddieBaby66 wrote, 'I
present to you…. Andre Santos. Truly shocking'.
Van Persie quit the Gunners during
the summer, completing a controversial 24million move to Manchester
United, and he took under three minutes to find the net as he came up
against his old club for the first time.
Hugs all round: Robin van Persie got a very friendly welcome from old team-mate
The striker didn't celebrate his goal – gifted to him by Thomas Vermaelen – out of respect for the fans and players upon whom he turned his back.
And the gesture seemingly resonated with the men in purple and black, with Arsene Wenger first shaking hands with the Dutchman at the break, before Santos bounded the length of the pitch to ask for his shirt.