Van Persie out for five months!

Robin Van Persie has delivered a stunning blow to the glorious Gunners with the news that the Dutch striker will be out for virtually the rest of the season.
This from Arsenal.com…
On Saturday morning, Arsenal Football Club issued the following statement in regard to Robin Van Persie.
“Robin Van Persie returned to Arsenal on November 22nd following an ankle injury sustained whilst on international duty with Holland.  The injury was expected to keep him out of action for between four and six weeks.
“Upon his return, the Arsenal medical team conducted a thorough review of his scans, his early injury management and the treatment he had received. Having scrutinised these in detail and assessed the response of his ankle, the Club’s medical team concluded that further investigation and opinion was required.
“Advice was sought from the leading ankle specialist Mr Niek van Dijk, who confirmed that more extensive damage had been suffered than was first diagnosed.  In order to repair his ankle, Robin will undergo surgery next week in Amsterdam to reconstruct the ligaments.  The Club’s medical team anticipate that a full recovery will take between four and five months.”
And as well as the grim news about RVP, there is plenty to get our teeth into this morning with today’s paper brimming with Arsenal news.
Cesc Fabregas says he’ll not leave us for Barcelona. In the Daily Mail he says:‘I am so happy here. And I want to continue to be part of what is happening here. Definitely. If not I would have left when I had the opportunity, three years ago, two years ago or last year. I believe in this team and I feel we can achieve things. The boss believes in us more than anyone, and I feel I am part of it. He makes me see that as well. And I don’t want to fail here.’
Also in the Mail, Andrey Arshavin admits he is struggling to find the motivation to play for Arsenal after suffering the disappointment of failing to make the World Cup finals.
The forward has been singled out for criticism after Russia’s play-off defeat by Slovenia, but has angrily denied claims that he was out drinking with team-mates before the crucial matches.
Depressed Arshavin has been shaken by his own poor performance, but says claims of over-indulgence were made up by envious Russian journalists with outdated Soviet attitudes.
In the Sun, AW calls on the youngsters to shine. “There comes a period for every team when they have to show their strengths. For us, this moment has arrived. Chelsea will be one of our biggest tests and we have to prove we are ready, focused and confident.
“We have to win all our home games against the title fighters. If we do that, we can put ourselves in a very strong position.”
Wenger is haunted by memories of last season’s 4-1 home defeat to Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea.
He added: “That result hurt us very much and was difficult to swallow. It was the nightmare week of last season.”
And in the same paper, Tom Rosicky, 29, says he is looking forward to tomorrow’s clash with Chelski. He said: “Technically we are definitely the best team in the country. But when we are up against opponents like Sunderland who try to be aggressive against us, we can’t just think we will win because we are technically great.
“Everyone knows Chelsea are a physical team with very strong players who go into every challenge. But if we match that physical side, we will beat anybody.
“It’s a massive game on Sunday and Chelsea are looking very good. Everyone at the club knows we are not allowed to lose this game and fall 11 points behind even if we have a game in hand.
“Our team is very strong and the quality is there, but we have to be aware of conceding goals from set-pieces.
“Chelsea against Manchester United was an even game decided by one header from a free-kick while we lost at Sunderland to a corner.
“But we have nothing to be scared of. We are very strong at home.”
 

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