Robin van Persie scored a comical own goal as Netherlands crashed out of Euro 2016 after failing to make it into the top 3 of their group. They finished five points behind third placed Turkey – who gained automatic qualification by virtue of being the best third-placed team.
The former Arsenal FC and Manchester United striker came on as a substitute with the Dutch trailing by two goals, but instead of helping his team reduce the deficit against 10-men Czech Republic, the 32-year-old headed calmly into his team’s net. The striker did atone for his glaring mistake by scoring on the correct end, but it was not enough to save the sinking Dutch side.
Arsenal FC fans, known to be one of the most notorious on social networking sites, could not let the opportunity go and mocked the Dutchman on his team’s failure to make it to the Euros. Rubbing salt on Persie’s wounds has become the raison d’etre of some of the Gooners ever since the Dutchman swapped Old Trafford for the Emirates. While van Persie did lift the Premier League title in his first season with Manchester United, his career has nosedived since.
The striker is currently struggling to get into the first team of Turkish side Fenerbahce and Arsenal FC fans leave no opportunity to rub it into the Dutchman, whenever he fails.
Here are some of the best tweets mocking Robin van Persie’s own goal:
Thanks Van Persie.. ?Y?? pic.twitter.com/WCkUSKhALi
a MOHAMMED-ABAR (@abar_mohammed) October 13, 2015
The vacuous fraud scored an own goal, absolutely fantastic, what a miserable season for him. LOL a Darren (@DarrenArsenal1) October 13, 2015
Arsenal gods are giving RVP a hard time ?Y? Y? Y? Y? Karma http://t.co/lP66vg1EL4
a Football Today (@goldnewsuk) October 13, 2015
A Van Persie header was the best moment of the brilliant Dutch World Cup, and a Van Persie header the final insult now
a Tom Adams (@tomEurosport) October 13, 2015
Shouldna t Van Persie be looking into switching and joining the German national side as he disagrees on the direction of his own country? a GOO?YIzE?I DI M (@gooneradam) October 13, 2015
Whoever cursed van Persie definitely is the same that messed up Torres
a Kenyan Playboy (@martrotich) October 13, 2015
Just seen van Persie’s own goal. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed at somebody else’s misery so hard before ?Y? a Liam Tsang (@LiamHLTsang) October 13, 2015
maybe it was the little boy inside https://t.co/Y1EkqtTD6c
a ilan (@heathmints) October 13, 2015
A Krul game, Van Persie is Blind to score a own goal, I hate to go Robben salt in the wounds, they showed no Klaas they have Depay the price
a Lee Sheppard (@Shepsy89) October 13, 2015
Which Robin van Persie header was better? RT Vs Czech Republic Or Fav Vs Spain. pic.twitter.com/zCg5mMdteI
a Limpar33 (@Limpar33) October 13, 2015
Van Persie will be very low tonight. He did not see Holland’s failure to qualify coming. Although, I must say, it was an exceptional header. a Wenger Knows Best (@wengerknowsbest) October 13, 2015
BREAKING: Arsenal fans react to the news that a Robin Van Persie own goal has surely ended Holland’s Euro 2016 hopes pic.twitter.com/Pn21jbktWN
a Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) October 13, 2015