EPL: Spurs vs. Arsenal, Robin Van Persie in Squad for Derby

illya mclellanSenior Analyst IApril 13, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Robin Van Persie of Arsenal is challenged by Sebastien Bassong of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium on October 31, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Finally Arsenal fans can stop using Van Persie's absence for a chance to bleat about poor performances and bad luck.

The Dutch tecnical whiz is back and Arsene Wenger has even gone as far as saying that he will figure in the match off the bench.

For Arsenal fans it is an unexpected boon in a bad period, they have been crippled with injuries and not only tha,t but had to play the European Champions. The real question in the aftermath of that CL tie, was, what could that tie have been with Arsenal's full compliment available?

The news of Van Persie's inclusion in the squad would possibly be something Harry Redknapp had figured on, but either way he will be telling his boys to focus on their strengths and to play the game they know they can.

Seeing the season as it has materialized over the last few months, one can only wonder what a player of Van Persie's calibre could have achieved for the club in certain crucial matches and moments. Arsenal were without any striker for a period and his goals would certainly have helped there.

Niklas Bendtner has been knocking a few in though and it will interesting to see if the two can work an understanding on the field that keeps them both in the goals.

Van Persie will no doubt be eager to get on the field next in the coming games with the World Cup just around the corner and his return will definitely boost the Netherlands in their preparation for the tournament.

An extremely gifted footballer, his absence has been felt at times by Arsenal and his return could not come at a better moment. The psychological effect of this news will be key in the coming hours. Wenger has saved it so that he can unveil it with the potential of upsetting Spurs in their preparations, and Redknapp will have to make sure that players are not distracted by the furor created by this news.

Very tough to call, even with Tottenham's loss to Portsmouth, it was not as if they were not creating chances. Spurs fans may think this game could be a real chance to exact some punishment on their bitterest rival, Van Persie will be adamant that he will have a say in that arrangement.