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Van Persie too late or just in time

Van Persie too late or just in time

According to Arsene Wenger Robin van Persie could be back by the middle of April though he is naturally cautious about firm predictions given the poor record of reliability of such forecasts for other injured players.

Taken literally this could mean our star striker is back by the 15th of April which with the current fixture list would fall between the PL games away to Tottenham and Wigan. If the Spuds get past Fulham in their FA Cup replay this would mean their fixture being rescheduled in which case there is a chance that RvP could feature in any re-arranged game. That would give a maximum of 5 PL games and if the footballing gods are with us possibly the opportunity to appear in the closing rounds of the CL.

That we are still in the hunt for both trophies given Robin`s importance is a testament to the depth of quality in the squad. So far none of the striking options to fill Robin`s place has managed to stake an unchallengeable claim as first choice though none have really let us down either. Fabregas has led the scoring lists in the period since his injury robbed us of our leading striker scoring 8 times in all competitions. In fact it is midfield that has borne the majority of the scoring burden with Denilson and Ramsey both topping the 3 goals collected by Arshavin and Eduardo whose figures were matched by Diaby and Vermaelen. Fourteen different scorers have made up our tally in all competitions since van Persie`s enforced absence. Former Arsenal favourite Henry has no doubt of the impact that Robin might have had on our title aspirations:

"In fact, you could say that if Van Persie had stayed in the side, we might even be top now." Thierry claimed at the weekend.

In reality the benefit of Robin`s return to the side would probably be more psychological than practical. There`s no doubt it would give the squad a boost with, potentially, as many as 5 PL games left to play but given the time it takes to reach matchfitness his contribution is likely to be restricted. Much depends on where we are in pursuit of our aspirations between now and the middle of April if that is when he is back. The critical period is now and the spirit and fight the team has shown in the 5 months van Persie has been out will need to sustain us for the 2 months that remain of this season.

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Date:Monday March 8 2010
Time: 1:13PM


He's taking the right p1ss that Van Persie, typical jonny foreigner attitude.
08/03/2010 13:38:00
I seem to recall him coming back from injury away at Wigan two seasons ago when we were in the hunt, of course he was too late then to arrest our slide, but it could be a different proposition if we are on a good run and winning games. That said, I wuldn't play RvP on that disgraceful playing surface at the DW, Wigan should be docked points for that pitch. They'd soon get it right if that were the case. believe me.
Little Dutch
08/03/2010 13:53:00
That was where we really lost it, up there. A rugby league game was played on not 2 days before i do believe, seeing that pitch close up was unbelievable, as was Adebayor missing a sitter right at the start - straight at Kirkland. Funnily enough they relaid the pitch just in time for United to win the league there that year, so many things like that that go unreported in the wider media just **** infuriates me.
08/03/2010 13:55:00
Obviously, I just hope we don't rush him. I'm reminded of the Champions League tie against Liverpool at Anfield two seasons ago. RvP came on as a substitute with his leg wrapped in what seemed like an infinite amount of tape. He could barely move. It was quite embarrassing.
08/03/2010 14:51:00
They are looking to re-lay the Wigan pitch in time for us to play this year so it should be a lot better. I like the way Thierry said that "WE might even be top".
Sir Henry
08/03/2010 14:56:00
I think its been relayed already, the game tonight is the 1st on the new surface at the DW.
08/03/2010 15:15:00
Yes there are potentially 4 or 5 games that Robin could be available for, but we are unlikely to see the best of him as he will need to get back into the swing of things after such a long time out. More infuriating though is that we are likely to see his return to form when he's playing for Holland!
08/03/2010 15:57:00
With his woodwork record we should just roll him out when Soccer AM do the crossbar challenge.
08/03/2010 16:04:00
Yeah I personally wouldn't risk him in any highly charged games. Maybe he should come on if we're in control with a few minutes left of a home game, just for a morale boost, but nothing more.
08/03/2010 20:30:00
I think the most important thing is that we do what's right for the Dutch national team, they pay his wages after al......oh, that's right..............
Little Dutch
08/03/2010 22:32:00
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