Van Persie’s former Arsenal team-mate still does not talk with Dutch ace one year after bust up
Besiktas star Oguzhan Ozyakup was involved in a bust-up with former Arsenal star Robin van Persie last season following the Istanbul derby.
Ozyakup revealed that he still does not talk to the Dutch ace.
“We still do not talk, usually players make up after games but this was different,” Ozyakup told the Socrates magazine.
“Maybe we will make up one day but it will not be the same as before.
“I do not really want to talk about this to be honest.
“I do not think I was in the wrong, if anything I was wrong to show Robin as much respect as I did.”
The Turkish Cup quarter-final clash last season between Besiktas and Fenerbahce ended with the Yellow Canaries winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from Robin van Persie.
The experienced striker ended up having quite a game and not all for the right reasons.
Van Persie started to wind up his former Arsenal teammate Ozyakup by shoving him and getting embroiled in several on field rows with the player.
The 34-year-old then goaded Ozyakup while celebrating the winning goal, sliding on his knees right in front of the 24-year-old and shouting in his direction.
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Van Persie & Ozyakup – great friends at Arsenal – arguing on the field tonight. pic.twitter.com/0BiqTMPMcf
— Sam (@samuelJayC) February 5, 2017
Ozyakup was not amused and stated that their friendship was over after the game
“I have a lot to say about the incidents on the field,” Ozyakup was quoted as saying by Fanatik.
“But I won’t say them.
“Just one thing… I was very good friends with a certain player on the field.
“That changed today. Sometimes you see the real face of a footballer on the field.”
The comments came as a shock. Ozyakup and Van Persie had been close for years ever since the Turkish international joined Arsenal as a youth.
Ozyakup moved to Arsenal in 2008 and has revealed in the past that he looked up to Van Persie.
Back in 2011 Ozyakup told Arsenal.com: “To be honest it is mostly Robin [who I look up to] because he is Dutch and he really looks after me outside of football as well.
“There are more off-field things as well and I am really, really happy he looks after me like this. I never expected him to help me that much but I am really thankful that he does that for me.
“Obviously on his Twitter feed he says little things like congratulations – it is those little things he does that are perfect and what I look up to.
“The Manchester United game when I was on the bench he said, ‘when you come on I know you can do anything with the ball but without it make sure the tackles are for you.
“He gives you little tactics and it is unbelievable.”
Ozyakup also has several pictures taken with Van Persie on holiday and nights out on his social media accounts.
Van Persie has yet to issue a response to his former friend Ozyakup.