Robin out for most of the season
Arsene said he didn't like November because of the injuries it brought. The month only has hours left but the potential for bad news still hasn't been exhausted.
The club has issued a statement on it's official website announcing that further scans have revealed greater damage than was first diagnosed.
After a new scan and study in hospital, it was discovered that three of the four ligaments in his right ankle were ruptured in the friendly international game between Holland and Italy
Robin will undergo an operation to repair the ligaments in his ankle which will keep him out for 4 to 5 months. With a return potentially sometime in April losing such a player deals a blow to our ambitions for the season.
Clearly time was wasted through the misdiagnosis by the Dutch Association medical team and by Robin's pursuit of a magic cure before the Arsenal team were able to conduct a review of his treatment and injury.
RvP has expressed his own disappointment at the revelation.
"If I had known at the time what I know now, I would have been operated immediately," Robin says with his ankle in plaster. "We have all been steered in the wrong direction."
Things seemed to be going well for the player who had picked up player of the month awards just prior to his injury and confidence after protracted absence through injury in previous seasons was beginning to return:
"It is so frustrating to be out for months. I was having a super season with the team. I had never felt as strong and powerful as this year. Apart from, I think, two matches, I either scored or made goals in all the games we played this season.
"I was getting so strong, that I felt nobody could stop me anymore. That is the greatest feeling you can have as a player.
"It is such a pity that great run has been stopped for the time being by one kick in a friendly international match. It is a real shame for me, for the team and for the fans of Arsenal."
The team will have to adjust but there is no denying that this a setback.
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