Van Persie ready to return

14 October 2008 12:53
Robin van Persie has provided Arsenal with a boost after declaring himself fit for international duty with the Netherlands. The Gunners forward missed the World Cup qualifying victory over Iceland with a hamstring strain but claims he is fit and ready to return against Norway on Wednesday. Van Persie has been plagued by a succession of fitness problems during the past two seasons but has denied claims that he is injury prone. "After my previous injury, I made the mistake at Arsenal of kicking the ball with all my force in my first training session," he said. "I will not make that mistake again. But I do feel very good. I trained hard the last couple of days and all the tests were positive. "I have been injured a lot lately but whatever the outside world says is not important to me. "I just want to be fit and play as many games as I can. The entire pre-season went well at Arsenal and in the league too. "Picking up a hamstring injury can happen to any player at the moment."

Source: ESA