We'll just have to cope without Robin Van Chocolate Leg


by JAMES CURTIS It would seem the November injury curse stretches beyond just Arsenal playing staff. This dreaded plague is now spreading among Arsenal fans too as I write this with a fractured leg, sustained over the same weekend as Van Persie ruptured his ankle ligaments playing for the Dutch against Italy.
If Van Persie was a tuxedo hired out for the summer
ball and he was returned with mustard stains and reeking of alcohol, I’m sure somewhere a deposit would be lost.
Can FIFA not bring in some kind of down payment ruling in the case of countries sending players back to their clubs injured after a friendly international?
Perhaps a small slice of that country could be donated to the club for overseas purposes. Say, if the country is exotic, it could be used for leisure and recreational means, but I’ll leave that open for your ideas.
There will be more to come on Van Persie, especially nearer the Chelsea game on November 29 as talk turns to how well we will cope without Robin Van Chocolate Leg.
In brighter news, this weekend of international football did bring some positives. Aaron Ramsey was in sensational form for Wales as they took apart Scotland in admirable style.
“Arsenal education” was the phrase used by the match commentators as Ramsey showed Manchester United Scot, Darren Fletcher, that there is more to midfield work than over-the-ball tackles.
Ramsay linked up nicely down the right before getting his head up to pick out David Edwards in the box for the opener. He was involved in the second and even scored himself after a jinxing run which left Fletcher crawling all over him in a attempt to stop the Welsh maestro tucking into the corner.Ramsay was substituted after 57 minutes and still picked up the man of the match award.
The other Arsenal face to score while on international duty was Thomas Vermaelen, helping Belgium to a 3-0 win over Hungary. How pleased with Arsenal the Belgians must be.
William Gallas and Bacary Sagna both played 90 minutes and came away from their World Cup Qualifier against Republic of Ireland unscathed. It ended up 1-0 to the French. Incidentally Abou Diaby played no part.
Cesc Fabregas also managed to come away from Spain’s 2-1 win over Argentina unhurt. Any Arsenal fans following that one on the ticker might have been concerned as Maradona’s men picked up six yellow cards in all. It seems to have been a fiery affair and I’m happy Cesc still has both legs in-tack.
Elsewhere, Andrey Arhavin picked up a yellow card as Russia saw off Slovenia 2-1 in the first leg of their World Cup Qualifier, and Phillipe Senderos played for Switzerland in a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Norway.

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