Van Persie Set For Arsenal Return
Arsenal’s want-away striker Robin van Persie is set to play his first pre-season game for the Gunners today as they tackle Cologne in Germany.
New Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal explained to the Sunday Mirror that the striker told him he was playing for the north London club today and that this game was vital to his international selection.
Speculation over a move to Manchester United continues for last season’s Premier League top goalscorer but he is set to remain as Arsenal captain as he will play at least 45 minutes for the club today.
Van Gaal, explained the situation: “Robin will play his first game this Sunday.
“He has told me he is at least going to play 45 minutes this weekend. It is a good job, because I almost had not selected him.
“This is the only time I’ll pick Van Persie and Tottenham’s Rafael van der Vaart while they are not fit.
“They have not played a single game yet for their clubs and normally I don’t pick players then. In future I will only pick fit players.
“But van Persie is so important for the Dutch team.”