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Arsenal Disrespected As van Persie Is Called Up

Arsenal Disrespected As van Persie Is Called Up

Arsene Wenger described himself as being 'surprised' at Robin van Persie's inclusion of the Dutch squad for their upcoming game against Turkey.

Disregarding the fact that Wenger is a much more eloquent and intelligent fellow than I, that still wouldn't have been the phrase I would have used. 'Mightily pissed off' perhaps, or 'unbelieving of the arrogance of the morons at the Dutch FA'. Or maybe I'd have just punched the reporter in the face and gone off to sulk somewhere .... anything other than 'surprised', because this seriously shows a complete lack of respect for van Persie and for Arsenal.

I'm not aware of the exact statistics, but I'd be interested to know how much time (and money) have Arsenal spent on RvP in the treatment room down to injury occurred on international duty? van Persie's last really long lay off was certainly caused whilst playing for Holland in a meaningless friendly, so to include him in the squad for yet another sodding friendly when he hasn't even trained, never mind played, for the club that pays his wages for the last 3 months is beyond ridiculous.

FIFA needs to hand at least a small amount of power back to the clubs when it comes to situations like this. It's unfair to expect any team to have to give up any of their players who will clearly not be fit to play in an exhibition match when the people who pay, develop, treat and need the players are left powerless to do anything other than sit and watch and pray that the idiotic decision to play an unfit player doesn't result in an even longer lay off than before.



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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Thursday November 4 2010
Time: 10:33AM

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Arsenal recieved no compensation form the Dutch FA because National teams don't need to have insurance for players clubs in friendlies, only competitive fixtures. Arsenal should tell the cheeky Dutch c***s at their national association too go f*** off and do one. Liberty taking tossers.
LondonGooner
04/11/2010 10:45:00
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The club now has no choice but to lean on RvP to rule himself unavailable for this meaningless friendly.
Deltaforce
04/11/2010 10:45:00
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Apologies for the bad language, the sheer bloody cheek of the *****s in orange is enough to give anyone an anurism. One of these days a club will take a stand and take this to court, FIFA will impose sanctions on them , but when they win their case (and they will) the rest of the clubs will rip FIFA and UEFA a new one over this. It takes only one club, why shouldn't that be us?
LondonGooner
04/11/2010 10:48:00
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Agreed DF - It's time for van Persie to have a slight reoccurance .... which should seem him out for 3-4 days. Arse holes.
Rocky7
04/11/2010 11:02:00
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From another perspective, I would be more scared if it was a qualifying match, rather than a friendly. It could be argued that due to lack of match fitness RvP could use some training sessions or a friendly or two - not much different than meeting Boreham Wood with Arsenal Reserves for a behind closed doors friendly. However, training with hatchetmen like Heitinga, De Jong and Van Bommel doesn't really inspire confidence. As far as principles and rules go, it would be right but also very respectful to have the Dutch FA contact Arsenal and ask for an opinion on RvP and then work out a strategy how to keep both sides happy. With all said and with RvPs dossier and background, I'd rather have him stay at London Colney (which doesn't guarantee that he won't twist something when practicing with our 1st team next time) but it just makes me feel calmer.
G4L
04/11/2010 11:16:00
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Under current rules the club can't refuse to release him and the player is obliged to accept the call. If the Dutch FA deem him fit and he declines the call then he'll be ineligible to play any part in the NLD 3 days after or the CL game against Braga. If he were to take part then the games he played in would be deemed to have been lost. In these circumstances, especially where the player is just returning from injury, the clubs need to take power back from the national and international associations but it can only be done collectively.
Amos.
04/11/2010 11:18:00
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Here's a stat sure to infuriate. If RvP plays any part in this friendly before he plays again for Arsenal (which he clearly won't on what the manager has said), then he will have appeared more times for Holland than for Arsenal in 2010. Plus, the Dutch national team doctor has already incurred the wrath of us for his misdiagnosis of van Persie and Bayern are currently considering legal action after their doctor's misdiagnosis caused Arjen Robeen to play with an injury which subsequently ruled him out of 3 Bayern games. Respect is a two way street and the international teams are merging lanes all over the shop. Time to get rid of this stupid, insignificant cancer on the game.
Little Dutch
04/11/2010 11:23:00
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At least he's back.
Tom14
04/11/2010 11:27:00
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Ill just hope that he gets some gametime under his belt. And that might help us when he comes back. Of course Im wrong, but hey im just hoping.
Sajit
04/11/2010 11:34:00
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According to 2 Dutch journos on twitter RVP informed van Marwijk he was available which is why he was selected. This fits in with vanMarwijk's own comments, who said RVP really wants to play for the NT in every game. Ironically in Holland all they do (the media, the fans) is complain about how poorly he plays for the national team.
jaelle
04/11/2010 12:44:00
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