The Holland striker sparkled on his competitive return to action for the first time in five months when he came on as a 68th minute substitute at White Hart Lane.
Indeed his return was poignant for Arsenal fans who were buoyed by his immediate impact but left to wonder what if, had he not missed the majority of the season.
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'It felt good and I am happy to be back,' he said.
'But when you are there and your team is behind you want to do something to help them. Unfortunately I couldn't do that.'
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