Date: 4th November 2010 at 10:34am
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Arsene Wenger described himself as being ‘surprised’ at Robin van Persie’s inclusion of the Dutch squad for their upcoming game against Turkey.

Disregarding the fact that Wenger is a much more eloquent and intelligent fellow than I, that still wouldn’t have been the phrase I would have used. ‘Mightily pissed off’ perhaps, or ‘unbelieving of the arrogance of the morons at the Dutch FA’. Or maybe I’d have just punched the reporter in the face and gone off to sulk somewhere …. anything other than ‘surprised’, because this seriously shows a complete lack of respect for van Persie and for Arsenal.

I’m not aware of the exact statistics, but I’d be interested to know how much time (and money) have Arsenal spent on RvP in the treatment room down to injury occurred on international duty? van Persie’s last really long lay off was certainly caused whilst playing for Holland in a meaningless friendly, so to include him in the squad for yet another sodding friendly when he hasn’t even trained, never mind played, for the club that pays his wages for the last 3 months is beyond ridiculous.

FIFA needs to hand at least a small amount of power back to the clubs when it comes to situations like this. It’s unfair to expect any team to have to give up any of their players who will clearly not be fit to play in an exhibition match when the people who pay, develop, treat and need the players are left powerless to do anything other than sit and watch and pray that the idiotic decision to play an unfit player doesn’t result in an even longer lay off than before.