Robin van Persie got 12 touches during Manchester United’s 2-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday evening.
Below, the folks from Who Scored have mapped out what that looked like.
One of those RVP touches was from kick-off. Three were corners. RVP was shooting right-to-left so two were clearances in his own box and he managed just one touch in the opposition area.
In context, your average pitch invader gets more ball time.
During the World Cup, the Paddy Power Blog asked Paul Scholes what he thought of RVP’s header against Spain (below).
Scholes told us: ‘It was alright, really. I don’t know what all the fuss was about.’
Understatement, perhaps. But it’s hard to reconcile that FIFA Puskas Award nominated goal with the rigid, lethargic RVP this season.
Maybe RVP just needs a rest. But he will never secure that move to Real Madrid playing like this.
Twitter, that last bastion of taste, reasonable comment and rational discussion is not happy either.
Rooney had to do 2 jobs yesterday. His and Rvp’s.
— Poetic-Me (@JayAndreas) November 23, 2014
Think RVP needs to take a seat for the next match. Love the guy. But clearly off form badly. Hope fully falcao will be fit. May be Wilson?
— Ricky (@hezy_1) November 23, 2014
— Obi wanker nobi (@MrTeaMUTID) November 22, 2014
The stretcher has had more touches in this game than Robin van Persie
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) November 22, 2014