Robin van Persie stresses pre-season importance: Just like Nasri last season
Written by Renzo on July 15, 2011 20:00
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie believes that no International games this summer is just what the Gunners needed to prepare next season in the best possible way.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after Wednesday’s win against Malaysia XI, the Dutchman explained that the game didn’t feel like a friendly as there were a few high tackles in a performance that the 27-year old described as very good.
Asked about the local fans, the striker was full of praise for the enthusiastic crowd as he showed his gratitude to all those who watched the Gunners during their training sessions and of course during the game.
On the fitness level of the squad, van Persie concluded by saying that almost every single element of the team had a good break and with no International commitments during the summer the Gunners can enjoy a healthy pre-season just like Samir Nasri last year when he was omitted from the French World Cup squad.
On Wednesday, the Dutchman said:
It felt like a proper match, doesn’t felt like a friendly. [The performance] was very good, it was the first game of the season, there were a few high tackles but we can be very pleased about today.
The crowd was fantastic, a big thank you to all because it’s amazing to play a friendly in front of so many people, so enthusiastic, we loved it.
Almost everyone has had a good break of at least a month. It’s very important. We didn’t have a World Cup or European Championships so we will have good preparation.
We will have more than a month, I think five or six weeks, before the start of the season so we can prepare well. We can do our running sessions and our exercises, which is good.
You could see that last year with Samir Nasri, who had a really good break before the season and was on fire.
He was physically fresh, mentally fresh, could make his runs and was looking very strong. Hopefully a good pre-season can give us a good start because we need a good start.