Holland and Russia are two very contrasting nations but they now, they have something in common other than the fact that they played each other at the last European Championship. Now, the coach of the national football teams have a common enemy. That enemy is none other than Arsene Wenger.
Bert Van Marwijk and Dick Advocaat were not amused by the complaints of Wenger that his players suffers whenever they leave for their respective national teams. Robin Van Persie has returned from numerous international assignments with varying degrees of injuries, unfortunately normally longer terms than usual. Meanwhile Andrey Arshavin has not look fit since returning from the last international break and Wenger contributes this to his poor league form.
Van Marwijk has called up the Arsenal striker for the Holland’s match against Belgium. It makes no sense to me after reading his quotes on this matter.
Has there been any contact with the medical staff of Holland and Arsenal? I don’t know.
How can he base any of his judgement on a player’s fitness level without consulting the club’s staff. No wonder we’ve got wrong prognosis on Van Persie the last time. Where is the professionalism in prioritizing the health of a player? He goes on to say this,
I don’t care. I have spoken to Robin personally and he is doing well and he will rejoin training there today.
In this instance, Van Persie will have to take some responsibility of his actions. First of all, the club has made a lot of effort to get him back to full fitness and they only have his interest at heart. Arsenal has never played him when he is not fully fit. Surely, he must realise that he has only just returned from yet another long lay-off and will need to be under the care of the coach/doctor who has nursed him along the way. Changing methods of training could have some repercussion on his muscles and that is never good.
Why not focus on getting back into the Arsenal playing team and get some minutes under his belt. Continue to work on his fitness levels and ensure that his body is fully fit before taking on dual roles again. Sometimes, you wonder where the common sense is.
However the problem with Arshavin may not be that clear. He does not seem to suffer from any sort of injury. He does look a bit over-weight and has his hands on his hips after some short runs on the pitch. In this case, I have no qualms about him joining Russia for a friendly game. Any match that could revitalise him is good for me.
Some good news for the weekend as Wenger announces the latest team news. Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Denilson and the aforementioned Russian will all return to the first team for the Newcastle match after missing the Shakhtar Donetsk game. But life is fair and that is tempered by the fact that Abou Diaby remains out with even Wenger is the dark about what’s wrong with him. Still, 4 in and 1 out is not too bad a trade.
More tomorrow. Have a nice day.