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'I can't get enough football' says van Persie

'I can't get enough football' says van Persie

It's as well that Arsenal players are flexible in the roles they can play in the team. Maybe Lansbury's 30 minute stint last night between the sticks for England U21's in their match against Germany following the dismissal of substitute keeper Jason Steele was one of the more extreme examples though.

I wonder how adaptable Robin van Persie might need to be to get back into the Dutch national team after Huntelaar took the opportunity his absence to score 8 times in 4 games? Dutch coach van Marjwijk seems determined that Robin is included if he's fit enough saying earlier this week 'Robin can play different positions. On the right, inside left or in a two striker system. In all these positions he can perform at the highest level. He will not just be left behind.'

Using him as the lone striker at Arsenal for the early part of last season prior to his injury on international duty van Persie surprised some with the success he'd enjoyed in a role that many felt he was not best suited to. The team suffered in consequence in his absence as injuries at different times to Bendtner and Eduardo forced us to play with other forward permutations none of which proved quite as convincing as it had earlier in the season with Robin place. But just as Huntelaar seems to have more than successfully replaced Robin's role in the national team our recruitment of Chamakh this summer seems for the time being to have given us a central striker option that suits the team equally well.

Robin doesn't see himself necessarily limited to the central striker role though, telling Dutch reporters that he believes his career so far has shown that he is adaptable 'I am an attacker. I've played outside left, then behind the striker, under Van Basten on right, over the last year I've played as the striker. The challenges were there through all the stages of my career. I want to attack, let's keep it there'

Whether or where he`ll play van Marwijk has still to decide but Robin says that Wenger has overcome his initial concerns as to whether he should play at all against Turkey. 'He is afraid that something is happening, but it can happen anywhere.' The Dutch forward said 'Yet he is happy now that I'm here' later adding that Wenger was really only concerned when he felt it was too early to make a judgement 'But now I have two weeks full training. I have spoken with Wenger. He is convinced.'

For now he is happy to be back in training, so much so that he delayed the national teams departure from their training ground as he insisted on continuing after the session had ended, but he is desperate to play 'Training is great, four against four, five against five, as before on the square. I look forward to Wednesday's game' he told the Dutch press 'I was not bored,' adding "But I cannot get enough football.'

His injury record places doubt about the extent to which Arsenal can build their play around van Persie though he is such a rare and elaborately talented player that fellow countryman Marco van Basten in deciding how to include him once declared that he was simply too good a player to leave out. That maybe something of the dilemma that a fully fit van Persie will give Wenger. There have been times this season where the team has cried out for someone with the ability to create a chance for himself and Robin certainly has that quality in abundance.

Whether he can reprise the form he showed as a lone striker in the early part of last season or whether Chamakhs form allows him the opportunity remains to be seen. For now, with Bendtner also impatient to play a role, if Robin gets the opportunity to impress against Turkey, Wenger will either have the luxury of too many quality strikers to pick from, or with Chamakh and Bendtner also on national duty tonight, the more familiar problem in recent times of having to play whoever comes back uninjured.

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Date:Wednesday November 17 2010
Time: 10:22AM


I think RvP has Chamakh's qualities in terms of bringing others into play with his back to goal. He can be that focal point AND as you say, create chances for himself. He'd be ahead of Chamakh for me any day. The only concern from my point of view is how far we can build our team around him when he's injured so often. If you told me right now Chamakh and RvP would stay fit for the rest of the season, as well as Chamakh has done, it wouldn't be a choice I'd spend too long thinking over.
Little Dutch
17/11/2010 10:38:00
Agreed LD - A fit van Persie is one of the best players around in my opinion. It's just a shame he's about as reliable as Ledley King in a three-legged race.
17/11/2010 11:20:00
Its a good problem to have. Chamakh has done really well, so Wenger could give him a rest and play RvP. Wenger has a good headache, and it will be interesting if he decides to play a front 3 of RvP, Chamakh and Bendtner (who lined up on the right at the beginning of last season). That could work for me.
17/11/2010 11:50:00
Van Persie imo is highly over-rated. He's a good technical player but he lacks real pace and dominance in the air for someone his size (6' 2"). Then there's the injury record... I can see Chamakh eventually becoming an Arsenal great when he's had the chance to get his feet under the matt and unless, as the article suggests, he's able to play elsewhere in maybe a deeper or wider role, he could find find himself warming the bench...or worse.
17/11/2010 12:02:00
Is 4-4-2 out of the question all together? I Wouldnt mind seeing RVP & Chamakh up front with Theo/Rossicky/Nasri/Arshavin on the wings & Fabregas & song/Wilshere in the middle. Not in all games obviously
17/11/2010 12:03:00
And to think we lost Emmanuel Adebayor I hear he maybe going to Italy for 12m (so cheap). Whats that about swings and roundabouts?
17/11/2010 12:15:00
I don't know that the lack of aerial dominance was ever a factor in players like Henry or Bergkamp either. It's useful to have but a bit of a blunt instrument in our style of play. Even with Chamakh, despite his aerial capabilities, most of the benefit he has brought is with the ball on the ground. I don't think that RvP is over-rated at all. His principal defect is under availability. LD is right. A fit healthy RvP would be an automatic pick for most teams - with the other players made to fit in around him.
17/11/2010 12:28:00
Leaving Chamakh and Bendtner to one side for the moment, having RvP, Cesc, Nasri and Arshavin in the same line-up is something to drool about. That combination was doing very well early last season before the inevitable injuries kicked in. If we could keep these 4 fit for an extended period this season, along with Vermaelen, I think we’d have a good a chance as any in both PL and CL. Course it’s not a big if, it’s a ginormous one!
17/11/2010 12:31:00
Yes 4-4-2 is out of the question. The more flexible 4-5-1/4-3-3 formation allows for more midfield and therefore possession dominance so as long as other sides are playing it don't expect to see Wenger give up on it any time soon. Robin would be my first choice all day, though I'm not sure he can't play on the left in place of Arshavin or on the right with Nasri moving to the middle.
Ozi Gooner
17/11/2010 12:37:00
Kierzo - van Persie's style of play means he doesn't need pace or aerial ability to ensure he's a great player. That's be like saying Tony Adams wasn't a great because he could do ten step overs then blast one in the top corner. He doesn't needs those attributes.
17/11/2010 12:58:00
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