Can Arsenal cope without RVP?

by Mystical Mike

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Arsenal forward Robin Van Persie will miss the rest of the season after finding out he will need an operation on his injured ankle ligaments. The 26 year old Dutchman was initially expected to be out for six weeks. However, scans have revealed the injury is worse than originally feared.

“Robin will undergo surgery next week in Amsterdam to reconstruct the ligaments,” said a club statement.

“The club’s medical team anticipate that a full recovery will take between four and five months.”

Van Persie picked up the injury in a pointless friendly against Italy after a heavy challenge from Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

It’s a massive blow to Arsenal’s title hopes as he had been a key member of the Arsene Wengers’ new 4-3-3 formation.

“They’re not title contenders without him in the side” Said Paul Merson on Soccer Saturday.

Arsenal fans feel the club is jinxed with Nicklas Bendtner out for 3 weeks and both left backs out for at least 2 months.

Today’s derby with Chelsea could prove to be a pivotal game in the Premier League. If Arsenal win the lead will be cut to 5 points, with a game in hand, also confirming that their squad is good enough to compete on all fronts, a defeat however, would see Chelsea’s lead extend to 11 points, a gap that would surly end Arsenals title hopes going into Christmas.

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  • Mike

    in a word no, Liverpool have Torres and Gerrard, Arsenal have Fabregas and RVP, they will beat the lesser sides without him but will struggle to open up the best sides without him in the side. He was a central part to every Arsenal attack. I feel for the lad as he seems to jinxed by injuries. He might not even make the World Cup, god knows what psychological effect that might have on him if he doesnt

  • Stevie

    men v boys, quite literally. What Arsenal would do for Dider Drogba!

  • Mike Somerville

    Chelsea were just way too strong for Arsenal yesterday… all over the pitch but especially in defence. RVP will be sorely missed, but its yet another wake up call for wenger as no matter how much flair you’ve got, you will strugle in the big games against the big teams.

    Title race over

  • dexylongshot

    They’ll be out of the FA Cup as well by the beginning of January. Arsenal have impressed all season but I think no RVP = RIP for their title hopes. I’ve already backed Holland for a 14-1 each way in South Africa, I doubt that’s gonna come in now without him spearheading, good news for Fabio though.

  • Darren

    we were well beaten and full credit to Chelsea, you only have to look at their Bench, Ballack, kalou, Alex & the Russian lad, all of those players would get into every other side in the league. However, at the start of the season if you would have said we’d finish 3rd I would have taken that all day long.

    The quicker Wenger realizes we are not a Barcelona the sooner we can start challenging for honors again! Until then I’m afraid we are a team who plays great football and has great team spirit but little else

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