Robin Van Persie and Gary Caldwell graduate from the Mark Hughes School of Handshakes with honours (Arsenal 1-2 Wigan)
If QPR manager Mark Hughes was watching last night’s clash between Arsenal and Wigan, he was bound to have a tear in his eye.
That’s primarily because it edged his side closer to possible relegation from the Premier League, but also due to pride at some of the excellent handshake shenanigans on display at the Emirates Stadium.
Hughes is the master of handshake controversies, but it was Robin Van Persie and Gary Caldwell who stole his thunder last night.
The Dutchman initially attempted to dodge a handshake with Wigan skipper Caldwell, who he’d been squabbling with moments earlier. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, RVP offered a left-handed slap to Caldwell’s hand.
Noting that team-mate James McCarthy had been treated to a more traditional right-handed handshake, Caldwell was not satisfied and set about pursuing Van Persie with his handshake grasp ready.
A handshake stand-off in which Hughes himself would love to have been involved ensued.