Van Persie sent home

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has been released from the Netherlands international squad, as Arsene Wenger pleaded with the nation to give the attacker time to rest.

The on-form striker played for his country in their 0-0 draw with Switzerland on Friday night, but the Gunners’ boss was reluctant for his main man to feature against Germany on Tuesday due to a fear that the forward would become fatigued.

After speaking with Holland coach Bert van Marwijk however, it has been agreed that Van Persie will return to England and play no part in the friendly on Tuesday.

“Arsene asked me if I could leave Robin out of both games,” Van Marwijk told reporters.

“I had a good meeting with Wenger and we reached an agreement he would only play on Friday. After that we would send him back.

“I won’t use Robin against the Germans.

“Robin is at the limit according to various measurements – for that reason we have decided to give him a rest,” the national selector concluded.

Van Persie is currently the top goalscorer in the Premier League, and has been a key reason for Arsenal’s revival over the last six weeks.

By Gareth McKnight