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van Persie In The Squad To Face Spurs

van Persie In The Squad To Face Spurs

The rumour mill had been working over time in the past couple of days with speculation that long term absentee, Robin van Persie would once again don an Arsenal shirt in the crucial North London Derby on Wednesday night.

Well for once it appears the rumour mill was right on the money.

In his traditional pre-match press conference Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger confirmed he will be in the squad.

'He will feature, he is in the squad for tomorrow's game,'

'It's a bit premature [to say whether RvP will start the match] maybe so I will see, but he's in the squad, I haven't picked the team yet.'

'When I pick a player it means that he is fit and sharp and he has worked very hard. Of course he lacks a bit of match practice but physically he is ready, he is fit. There's always a gamble, I don't want to deny that, there's always a gamble in such kind of decisions. But in his case we have been a bit more cautious because he has had a long time of preparation.'

'He is a very important player at this club and he is important for the confidence of our offensive power and he is a player who can contribute as well. I am very happy to have him back. The sadness was that we lost him very early in the season.'

I wouldn't expect miracles from van Persie in his first match back, indeed I think we'll only see him in either an emergency (god forbid) or for 15-20 minutes if we're very comfortable.

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

Date:Tuesday April 13 2010
Time: 2:40PM


"When I pick a player, it means he is fit and sharp.2 Mr. Wenger, how can you honestly say that with a straight face???
Little Dutch
13/04/2010 14:43:00
Oh great joy. Apparently we're gonna wheel King onto the pitch aswell
13/04/2010 14:50:00
Lol HY - It's going to be like watching two teams from the old folks home going at it.
13/04/2010 14:52:00
RVP will be sporting the new all weather astro crutch designed by Adidas. I hear you can rack up quite some speed in a wheelchair HY, perhaps get a ramp and let ledley fly down it and deliver some killer delap style throw ins?
13/04/2010 15:02:00
Can't really see us being 'very comfortable' at any stage tomorrow night LD. I'm not sure it's a great idea to throw someone into the frenzy of the derby game after such a long time out. Would rather we kept him for the relative peace and quiet of the Wigan game.
Cockney Rich
13/04/2010 15:07:00
Just like last season when eddie made a comeback on the bench and was not used. I'm more interested In finding out if Song is fit.
Steve Bould Flick On
13/04/2010 15:13:00
Something seriously has to be done about the volume of games being played at the highest level. We're getting to the point now where great players are loosing five or six years of their careers to injuries because of the constant strain on the body. I agree with HY-this game is massive, but could have been even bigger.
Tony Rocky Horror
13/04/2010 15:26:00
Just our luck! We might unleash Jenas and you unleash RVP mmm let me think who I would prefer!! Should be goals tomorrow night atleast and for the first time I will be watching the game in 3D!! Draw is bad for both of us so hopefully it will be end to end stuff, with us out scoring you!! So 0-0 it is then!!! COYS
13/04/2010 15:35:00
MTY, no need to worry. Robin will not play the full match and it'll be his first time on the pitch after many months. He won't be able to do very much at all -- and he'll probably suffer some niggly injury after one of your guys brushes past him. It's crazy to choose this game as his first one after being out so long.
13/04/2010 16:02:00
Thats True Jaelle, it will be a bit hostile for a comeback after 5 months! The good news is that Jenas has been ruled out of the game! Unfortunately so have Lennon and Kranjk!! Its going to be a funny old game but in all honesty the fact that we havnt beaten you in the league for 20 games does fill me with too much confidense!! Watch this space I guess! Can anyone tell me if this 3D mallarky is any good??
13/04/2010 16:10:00
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