Arsenal captain Van Persie accused of elbow

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has claimed that Arsenal captain Robin van Persie used an elbow on Villa defender Carlos Cuellar, The Telegraph reports. Van Persie scored two penalty kicks in the game to complete the Gunners comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

The incident overshadowed a great FA Cup tie on Sunday which saw Arsenal go into the half-time break two goals behind against Villa. Three second half goals in seven minutes put Arsenal back in front and turned the boos for Arsene Wenger into cheers. Van Persie’s elbow came after those goals and TV replays seemed to show that there was intent from the Dutchman. McLeish was not happy with Van Persie and wants the Football Association to look into the incident and charge Van Persie accordingly.

McLeish said: ‘I thought it was an elbow in the face, a clear elbow but the referee didn’t seem to think it was anything. I thought he hit him. I thought he put an elbow towards his face. He is not a guy to lie down and would get up quickly. Would I like them [The FA] to look at it – if it was an elbow in the face – then yes. It is dangerous and I don’t like to point fingers at players but it has happened to me enough times. I never mentioned it to the referee. I saw it in real time and it looked like a gesture.’

Arsenal boss Wenger was happy with the battling display from his side in the second half, but was upset with the fans reaction. The Frenchman said that he wants to do well for the club he loves and is hoping that Arsenal fans will keep the faith with his side. Van Persie scored his 25th goal of the season in that game, but if he is found guilty of the elbow, he may miss four matches.

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