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Van Persie ready to return

14 Oct 2008 - 12:53:02

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."

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