Gary Caldwell disappointed with "bad loser" Robin van Persie

Robin Van Persie
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Wigan Athletic captain Gary Caldwell brands Arsenal forward Robin van Persie a "bad loser" after the Dutchman refused to shake his hand.

Wigan Athletic captain Gary Caldwell has branded Arsenal forward Robin van Persie a "bad loser" after the Dutchman refused to shake his hand following the Latics' 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

The pair had squared up earlier in the evening after the Gunners players became frustrated with what they perceived as time-wasting from their opponents.

Caldwell said: "I think to be at a great club like Arsenal you have to be a bad loser, but I also think you need to have a bit of dignity at the end.

"When we got beat 4-0 by Arsenal at the DW Stadium, I shook everybody's hand and I expect the same back. He's obviously unhappy. When I went to shake his hand, he threw me away and then just gave me a wee pat, which is disappointing.

"Robin van Persie is a fantastic player because he has that will to win, and you wouldn't want to change that part of him, but it's just disappointing from my point of view."

Caldwell went on to admit that he has voted for Van Persie to win PFA player of the year.

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