Gunners captain and talisman Robin van Persie has returned to North London after manager Arsene Wenger got one over Holland manager Bert van Marwijk after it has been revealed that the Dutch striker is in dire need of rest to avoid injury.
Robin van Persie, who has netted 17 times in 21 appearances in all competitions this season, has been withdrawn from the Holland camp ahead of their second friendly against Germany on Tuesday after playing 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw against Switzerland on Friday.
It is believed that Van Persie’s blood analysis indicated that he requires a rest after playing a vast amount of matches this season and according to Van Marwijk, Wenger expressed his concerns over his captain suffering from burnout and consequently they came to a positive agreement for all parties.
Van Marwijk stated:
Arsene asked me if I could please not play Robin in both games. I had a good talk with Wenger and we decided that Robin would play only on Friday. After that we would send him back to London. I won’t use Robin against the Germans.
Van Persie suffered a torrid time last year after an ankle injury in an international friendly kept him out for three months, and with the Gunners set for an important November/December, the Arsenal captain’s fitness is instrumental in their push for Carling Cup, Champions League and Premier League glory.