The Dutch international suffered the ankle injury in the Gunner’s 2-1 Premier League victory over Blackburn at the end of August. Both the North London club and the Netherland’s medical team had predicted that the former Feyenoord man would only be out for a few weeks, but it is thought that the injury is much worse than first feared.
Van Persie will miss at least 5 Premier League games including a difficult tie away to reigning league champions Chelsea and a Carling Cup tie away to North London rivals Tottenham. As well as missing these crucial league games, the 27 year old will also be unavailable for the Arsenal’s first two Champions League group games, at home to Braga on September 15th and away to Partizan Belgrade two weeks later.
Van Persie’s goals and all round game, could be of vital importance in both Arsenal’s Premier League and Champions League endeavours, and it remains to be seen whether new signing Marouane Chamakh, along with a hose of attacking talent in manager Arsene Wenger’s squad, can produce the performances on a regular basis, to cover the loss of van Persie and keep the Emirates club there or there abouts in what looks set to be a hotly contest title race.
While many will argue that being out for merely 2 months may not make the world of difference to Arsenal’s season, if the Gunner’s are to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United for the title this season, it is vital that they carry on this strong start to the campaign, which would include getting points against those around them at the top of the league, in particular putting in a strong performance against Chelsea when they travel to Stamford Bridge in a few weeks.
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