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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 August 2007, 11:18 GMT 12:18 UK
Van Persie hits back at Ljungberg
 Robin van Persie
Striker Van Persie celebrates his winner against Ajax
Robin van Persie has hit back at former Arsenal team-mate Freddie Ljungberg's criticism of the club.

Ljungberg, who joined West Ham in July, accused the Gunners of lacking ambition for selling Thierry Henry to Barcelona.

However, striker Van Persie told the News of the World: "I was disappointed and a few others were as well.

"If you're coming up with excuses about Thierry's departure and promises from the club it's weak. He had a fantastic period here, so say nice things."

Van Persie added: "Freddie had a fantastic period, he was once the best player in England. If you play nine years at a club like Arsenal you can say some nice words."

606: DEBATE

Van Persie was carried off after netting a late winner as Arsenal beat hosts Ajax 1-0 to win the Amsterdam Tournament on Saturday.

The Dutchman will be closely monitored ahead of Arsenal's opening Premier League match with Fulham next Sunday following a crunching challenge from his Holland team-mate John Heitinga.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said: "I was very disappointed by the tackle but he looks all right at the moment."

Meanwhile, Arsenal striker Carlos Vela, 18, is relishing his year-long loan spell at Spanish side Osasuna.

The young Mexican has joined last year's Uefa Cup semi-finalists Vela, having spent last term on loan at second division side Salamanca.

"This level does not frighten me," he said. "I face a new challenge and Osasuna is a good place to show my ability."

SEE ALSO
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