Per­sie’s piss-take in past for Toon

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 15 - By JA­SON MEL­LOR

ROBIN VAN PER­SIE has been told that New­cas­tle have al­ready moved on from his amaz­ing Toon taunts.

And Hatem Ben Arfa in­sists the Ge­ordies won’t waste their time wor­ry­ing about the bad blood caused by the Dutch­man’s shock­ing post-match an­tics at the Emi­rates on Mon­day.

Alan Pardew’s men were left fum­ing as the striker goaded them af­ter Arse­nal’s last-gasp vic­tory – sin­gling out fel­low Hol­land star Tim Krul for spe­cial treat­ment in an ugly end to a cru­cial 2-1 win.

The feud­ing pair had to be kept apart, and trou­ble flared af­ter­wards in the tun­nel. But New­cas­tle goal scorer Ben Arfa claims they’ve al­ready for­got­ten Van Per­sie’s child­ish af­ter-match be­hav­iour.

The French mid­fielder in­sisted: “He’s not our prob­lem and we can’t waste en­ergy on him. For us it’s all fin­ished and we’ll just have to keep our heads up high.”

Dented

Ben Arfa backed Toon to chan­nel their frus­tra­tion at Thomas Ver­mae­len’s heart­break­ing stop­page-time win­ner into their un­likely tilt to se­cure a Europa League place in May.

New­cas­tle re­main sixth and the re­called 25-year-old added: “All our en­ergy must all go into our last 10 games. We must con­cen­trate on get­ting as many points as we can to try to fin­ish in a Euro­pean place.”

A four-match win­less run has dented the Ge­ordies’ top-six hopes and Demba Ba is de­ter­mined not to be left re­flect­ing on what might have been at the end of the sea­son.

Toon’s 16-goal top scorer in­sisted: “We have to fin­ish the sea­son as strongly as we can. We don’t want the good work we’ve done in the first seven months of the sea­son to go to waste.”

TAUNTS: Van Per­sie

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