Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not one who eclipses himself behind excuses and in the case of the niggling injuries that have forced his star Dutchman Robin van Persie, the Frenchman admits his mistake in rushing him too soon to first team action.
Goal.com quotes Wenger as confessing that van Persie shouldn’t have been allowed to play against North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup semi-final and underlines that match as the reason why van Persie is now recuperating in his native Netherlands.
Maybe we made a mistake to play him in the Carling Cup, because we wanted to rush him a little bit back after the muscular problems and were not cautious enough maybe on the night. This time we will have to be very patient, but we do not think it will be a long-term problem. When a player has waited for so long and is ready to play, you are under pressure a bit from him as well because he feels he can play. Also, when you have been out for a few months, you need some games to get back to your best. You want to give him those games as soon as possible. At the end of the day, I do not feel we made the right decision to play him on the night.
Van Persie is an integral component of the Arsenal unit and although his absence hasn’t been felt acutely, the Dutch international’s presence is certainly a huge boost to the Gunners.