However, after the win, Aston Villa manager, Alex McLeish has called on the Football Association to investigate an alleged elbow from Van Persie on Aston Villa defender Caros Cuellar in the 64th minute; it looked as if it was a deliberate elbow from the Arsenal captain as both of them went for a high ball.
Look at my nose, it is a result of elbows all my career. It is something which is dangerous . . . But the referee did not seem to think there was anything in it. I never mentioned it to the referee. I saw it in real time . . . I don't like to point the finger at players, but it has happened to mine enough times
The FA could suspend Van Persie if it turns out that he had indeed elbowed the Villa player, given the fact that referee Mike Jones had not seen it; there is a ruling by the FA that no retrospective action can be taken by FA authorities if the referee had indeed witnessed it.
What do you think about the elbowing incident? This is not the first time that Robin Van Persie's antics have been questioned by other managers.
QPR manager Neil Warnock, after being beaten by Arsenal on 31 December had this to say:
Every ball in the area he fouls the centre-half and gets away with absolute murder . . . I wish I could educate referees on free-kicks that he gets because we make it obvious when we go for a ball that it's a free-kick . . . But Van Persie gets his arm up, he backs in, he fouls them and looks at the referee and gets away with it - it's amazing how he does it.
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