Walcott reminisces moment Van Persie and Ramsey nearly fought after win over Manchester City

Robin Van Persie (L) Aaron Ramsey (C) and Mikel Arteta (L) ©Getty

FOOTBALL Walcott reminisces moment Van Persie and Ramsey nearly fought after win over Manchester City

Mark Kinyanjui 13:08 - 21.08.2023

Walcott explains why Robin Van Persie and Aaron Ramsey fought each other despite Arsenal beating Man City 1-0 in 2012.

Former Arsenal speedster Theo Walcott has reminisced the time ex-captain Robin van Persie and Aaron Ramsey had a fight following a win over Manchester City in 2012 which Arsene Wenger comically ‘slipped past’.

Speaking about how the legendary former manager tended to avoid confrontation, he illustrated the incident as an example, saying how he literally walked between Robin van Persie and Aaron Ramsey as they were having an altercation after the match

"Robin was going for the Golden Boot and I understand strikers are selfish, they want to score, I get it," he told The Overlap.

Current boss Mikel Arteta, still a player back then, scored the winning goal, which put the club well in the run-in to secure a Champions League place but put Manchester City’s eventual title win in jeopardy.

"We were playing Man City and Arteta scored, it was quite a famous goal for him, actually.

"I remember we came in and everyone was happy and Robin wasn’t happy because he didn’t score.

"Aaron went clean through at the end, he should have squared it to him, and Robin scores. We were all happy and then Robin goes off on one with Aaron. It gets all heated and players are getting thrown all over the place.

"I remember seeing Arsene [Wenger], sort of, slip past and go to his back office because he thought the players will just deal with this. He would get the team to deal with the problems."

“I will never forget Arteta coming in. He was so happy with the MoM thing. It was so weird. It was just like a pin drop and he was like ‘what is going on here type thing?’ and we probably explained and he is like, ‘What!?’

“But obviously Robin cared. He wanted to, and I like that and next year, he went to United and won the league."

Despite not being teed up to score by Ramsey, Van Persie still went on to win the Golden Boot with 30 Premier League goals.

Walcott's revelations about the argument comes after he announced his retirement aged 34.