November curse strikes again as RVP is crocked in clog clash

It’s the news we dreaded. Just as we get into our stride and look like contenders for some silverware, the curse of November strikes again. OK, it’s not the curse of reverses that has undone the glorious Gunners in the past during this month, this time it’s the gut-wrenching news that RVP has done his ankle in playing for the Clog-wearing mob against the Eyeties in a pissing friendly.
The Mail reports: Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes suffered an enormous setback last night when striker Robin van Persie sustained a serious ankle injury in Holland’s friendly international match against Italy in Pescara.
Van Persie was rushed to hospital after just 12 minutes of the game when he collapsed to the ground following a heavy challenge from Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Holland coach Bert van Marwijk said: ‘I was shocked when I saw it. It doesn’t look good. I feel very sad for Robin and Arsenal.’
Van Persie is expected to be examined in Amsterdam today by renowned ankle specialist Professor Niek van Dijk. The surgeon has previously treated Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Michael Owen.
A team doctor said he feared Van Persie had ruptured ligaments in his ankle, an injury that would keep him out for at least three months. But if further examination reveals the ankle is broken, the star could miss the rest of the season.
The Mirror tells us that Van Persie, 26, has been in magnificent form for the Gunners and has scored eight goals in 11 outings this season.
Boss Arsene Wenger believed Van Persie was finally fulfilling his rich potential.
So, with RVP sidelined, step forward Eduardo, right? Not if the News of the World story is true concering the Crazilian (it isn’t). They report that Liverpool are ready to poach Eduardo in a £10million deal.
The 26-year-old Croatian forward is unhappy that he has still to be offered improved terms at the Emirates.
His contract has just over 18 months to run and that has alerted Rafa Benitez, who desperately needs to strengthen his attacking options.
The recurring absence of first-choice Fernando Torres has convinced Benitez that he needs more firepower and he hopes to convince the Liverpool board to finance the deal with the club in a fraught battle for fourth place, says the redtop.
There are some positive tales about this morning, though, with Aaron Ramsey’s performance for Wales receiving glowing reviews. The News of the World reports that wonderkid Ramsey masterminded victory for Wales in the first international at Cardiff City Stadium.
Midfielder Ramsey, 18, scored a brilliant solo goal and helped create the other two for David Edwards and Simon Church in a devastating first-half performance from the hosts.
Wales coach John Toshack said: “Aaron is one of the most promising youngsters we have and it’s not bad winning the man-of-the-match award when you only play for 55 minutes.
“He has been a bit uncomfortable with a back injury over the last few days and we didn’t want to push him too much.”
A back injury? Shite!
The Times chips in with: Inspired by Ramsey, Wales’ young side simply tore Scotland apart in the first half, and John Toshack, beleaguered himself beforehand, can now claim he still has something to offer as their manager.
Ramsey seemed to be everywhere as he created two of Wales’ goals and scored the third himself, although Scotland’s sleepy defensive work was a considerable ally to Arsenal’s 18-year-old tyro. Tyro? I had to look it up and it is Latin for novice. Note to the Times: just say starlet.
We’ll take an in-depth look at RVP’s injury a little later on so check back soon.

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