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van Persie Facing a Lengthy Layoff

van Persie Facing a Lengthy Layoff

It was only last week that Arsene Wenger was discussing Arsenal's horrific record for sustaining injuries in November, and we also heard Cesc Fabregas talking about the possibility of the goals drying up.

So it should come as no surprise to anyone to hear that Arsenal's star striker, Robin van Persie was brutally mauled and injured by Giorgio Chiellini in a meaningless friendly between van Persie's Holland and Italy.

Initial fears are that it's a nasty ankle ligament inury, which could see him sidelined for a size-able chunk of the next couple of months, which will include the busy Christmas schedule.

van Persie has been in the form of his life of late, appearing a a lengthy run of games after suffering an injury riddled career, and the Dutchman has seemingly thrived after the departure of Adebayor, so it's a terrible shame that last seasons top goal scorer should be crocked in such a pointless manner.

Football is, however, a team game, we were never going to get through the campaign injury free, so we're about to find out what this squad is really made of.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday November 15 2009
Time: 2:32PM


Gutted, gutted! Sheer bad luck for Robin. And before anyone mentions the word 'injury-prone', he's not! Time for Edu to step up I'd imagine! When's Carlos coming back btw, does anyone know?
15/11/2009 14:46:00
Btw Rocky nice picture you picked. The solution to the Robin problem is right there!
15/11/2009 14:47:00
Well so we are becoming equivalent now. Some of your kids came to our site and were jumping with joy as we are havingg too manuy injuries- A. cole,Bosman,Drogba ,Lampard, Terry..... I think Terry will make it.But still no matter how weak we are it will be always a tough game for both of us.Now we need Fabregas and Clichy to get injured.LOL!! Just kidding!!!!!!!
15/11/2009 15:02:00
I think it's clear that this is a bad injury but let's just hope it's weeks rather than months. On a plus side most of us did say at the beginning of the season that our attack is strong so let's hope the other players can compensate this loss and it gives players like vela a chance to show what they can do.
15/11/2009 15:58:00
NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! God damnit. Just as Robin was getting all the plaudits and proving himself as one of the best strikers in Europe we get screwed. Luckioly our goals have been spread throughout the team so we can hopefully make up the shortfall between the rest of the squad. Arshavin, Walcott and Eduardo for the front three anyone?
15/11/2009 16:26:00
Finger on the pulse there Saimon, Clichys been out injured a while now. Really really bollix news about Robin, if anything happens to dudu now we're well shafted :(
15/11/2009 17:10:00
i have a gut feeling it will only be a few weeks and not months. he won't be so unlucky this time around. and moving on, why not switch back to 4-4-2 instead for the big games coming up. Eddie and Owly upfront. Nasri n Rosicky on the wings with Cesc n Song in the centre. during the game, this can always be switched to 4-3-3 with Rosicky and Cesc both capable of joining upfront..
15/11/2009 18:03:00
Just watched the clip of him getting injured, it was a great tackle from Chiellini to be fair. Just bad luck, but every team has to cope with injuries and I think we'll be OK.
15/11/2009 19:50:00
Latest news is that he has ruptured ankle ligaments and will be out for a prolonged period but won't need surgery.
15/11/2009 20:24:00
Let's just hope that Robin comes back ready to set the Prem on fire again and that we are still in the Hunt for the Title! It's time for all our players to step up to the plate, and for us to keep up the good work. Get Well Soon RvP!
15/11/2009 20:40:00
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