Arsenal skipper Van Persie hits back at Wigan's Caldwell over handshake row

Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie was disappointed with Wigan Athletic captain Gary Caldwell's outburst last week.

Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie was disappointed with Wigan Athletic captain Gary Caldwell's outburst last week.

Van Persie hit back at Caldwell's claim that he refused to shake the Wigan captain's hand after Arsenal's shock 2-1 defeat on Monday night.

He said: "I was quite surprised by his reaction, and the fact that it made such news in the media.

"If you look properly at what happened, I offered him my left hand but he refused it and acted like the innocent party - so all the reaction has been a little over the top.

"There were no bad intentions on my side. In football, you can win and lose - that is part of the game, and of course I will always be disappointed with a defeat, but not to the point that I refuse to shake my opponent's hand. Not everything is always as it looks."

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