The Dutchman has been in red-hot form netting the ball 28 times in 35 games in all competitions in 2011. Although he is realistically the most important player Arsenal have in their ranks Arsene admits that he will need to give him a breather at some stage.
The Arsenal manager said to the club’s official website Arsenal.com:
It is a difficult decision to make at the moment, but I will have to do it.
On Monday I decide always to rest him and on Friday I play him again.
I don’t know about Sunday. We will assess everybody on Saturday morning, then I’ll make the decision on the day. But I will have to rotate a little bit.
Robin has scored 28 goals in 35 games so you always have that dilemma. This season he is certainly [the best all-round striker in the Premier League] and, in the last six months, certainly the most efficient.
You like Robin because he’s not a typical goal-scorer. When you see him play it never comes to your mind that this guy is a goal-scorer. And then you look at the record and think he’s not only a good player, he’s a top-class goal-scorer as well.
For all the other goal-scorers you do the opposite. You think they do not contribute too much to the game but they score the goals. For him you look and say ‘this is a good player’. And then you see that he scores goals as well.
This statement by Arsene surely hints that the Dutchman may be rested for Arsenal’s upcoming clash with Stoke on Sunday. If indeed he is rested, who do you think will replace him up front? Chamakh? Or maybe Park will get his first opportunity to start for Arsenal? Feel free to leave a comment below!