first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jun 2020 12:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Andre Santos was heavily criticised for swapping shirts with Robin van Persie during Arsenal’s match against Man Utd back in 2012 (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie has conceded he still feels guilty about the criticism Andre Santos was subjected to after he swapped shirts with his former Arsenal teammate during a match against Manchester United.The former Gunners captain had swapped the Emirates Stadium for Old Trafford following an acrimonious move in the summer of 2012 after he had publicly criticised Arsene Wenger and the club’s transfer strategy.Van Persie came face-to-face with his former club just three months after his departure and rubbed salt into the wounds by scoring the first goal after just three minutes in a 2-1 victory. The Dutchman dominated the post match headlines, but not just as a result of a typically astute finish. As the players walked towards the tunnel at half-time, Van Persie was seen swapping shirts with Santos who was subsequently slammed by his own supporters for failing to recognise the significance of the gesture. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSantos’s Arsenal career faltered badly after that incident – he failed to start another Premier League game for the club – and Van Persie admits he could have a better job of protecting his friend. Advertisement Robin van Persie admits he was to blame for controversial shirt swap with Andre Santos during Man Utd vs Arsenal Robin van Persie scored after just three minutes in Man Utd’s 2-1 win over Arsenal in November 2012 (Picture: Getty)He told BT Sport: ‘You have to think about the consequences. You know, if I look back at that moment with Santos I think I should have done better there.‘Yeah, poor guy. It was all negative for him because (people thought) why are you swapping shirts at half time? I do get that feeling that people might think that way. But Andre Santos was a friend of mine. We went for dinner, I was going to his house while I was playing at Arsenal.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I think it was my first game back (against Arsenal) and at half time he asked me, but I should have thought about it a bit better and waited 20 metres then swapped inside the tunnel. It would have saved him a lot of hassle.’Speaking about the incident that effectively ended his Arsenal career, Santos said last year: ‘I don’t regret it because I never stopped being his friend. ‘My culture is different from the English culture. I’m not obliged to be in the same culture as them.’MORE: Prince William tells Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave Arsenal this summer to join Aston VillaMORE: Manchester United and Arsenal hold initial talks to sign Jonathan DavidFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentlast_img