van Persie could start tonight…
April 14, 2010
We saw Le Boss take a chance on Gallas and Fabregras in recent weeks… so why not van Persie tonight?
We know RvP is physically fit, and has remained so since the injury late last year, and we also know he is “sharp” in training.
The Gallas case was different, his was a muscular injury so you never know when it can ping again… as it did that memorable night at the Emirates against the Spaniards.
With van Persie, it was a joint injury, therefore if you can play 15 minutes off the bench, you can play 90 minutes from the get-go… if your fitness levels are adequate, which they are in this case.
“He’s in the squad for tomorrow’s game. It’s a bit premature [for him to start] but we’ll see. I haven’t picked the team yet. When I pick a player it means he’s fit and sharp.
He’s worked very hard. He lacks match practice, but physically he’s fit. There’s always a gamble, I won’t deny that, in such kind of decisions. But in his case we have been a bit more cautious because he’s been out so long.”
Those words from Wenger suggest he may actually have been ready to play a week or so ago, but extra precautions have been taken.
I fancy Robin to start, but to actually play out wide, where he will see less of the ball.
A role reversal with Bendtner from earlier in the season when the Dane played out wide and RvP through the middle.
The ability our Dutch master has to see a pass and control the ball in tight situations could be the difference tonight, he is that key a player for us.
How marvellous is to be even discussing the probabilities of him playing any part tonight, let alone starting the game?
Robin is our Torres, our Rooney, our Drogba… our World-Class Striker and we have had to pipe down about missing him for the last 6 or so months, no more.
He is back.
Come on Arsenal, Come on Arsenal, Come on Arsenal!!