Robin van Persie on his fitness level and Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson
Written by Renzo on October 15, 2011 23:00
For maybe the first time in years, Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is finally enjoying a long spell on the pitch as he confessed that he’s feeling “really good”.
Speaking to the Arsenal Official Magazine ahead of tomorrow’s game against Sunderland, the Dutchman explained that despite playing the full 90 minutes against Moldova and Sweden he is healthy, fit and ready for action as he admitted that a couple of years ago he was not in a position to play so many games in such a short period of time.
Asked about former Arsenal defender Sebastian Larsson, van Persie confessed that the youngster was impressive in Sweden’s 3-2 win at home against Holland as he explained that he became a really good player since leaving the Gunners.
The 28-year old concluded by saying that the Sunderland man tracks back, is a good crosser and a major asset for the Black Cats with the Gunners to therefore be careful on the wing although the Arsenal captain is confident that the three points is a possible target, on Sunday.
Ahead of the Sunderland game, van Persie said:
I played 90 minutes in both international games, and I feel great. I feel so fit these days, I recover well, don’t have any pain, and feel really good.
I’m enjoying it, playing all the games, doing all the training sessions. A couple of years ago, I had periods where I struggled to play two 90 minutes in a few days.
But now I can do it, recover well, and for me it’s the best feeling for years.
I also love the fact that the international week is over on a Tuesday – it gives you an extra day, and with our game being on a Sunday, we have two extra days, so it should be like a normal week for us.
Sebastian Larsson has become a really good player, I like him. He worked hard on Tuesday, and we were up against each other the whole game.
I was playing at right midfield, and he was at left wing. But he was tracking back the whole game, so I was playing against two men basically.
I kept hoping he would stay forward so I could go one on one with the defender, but he kept coming back, and that shows how hard he worked, and how physically fit he is.
Besides that, his shot is one of the best in the Premier League in my opinion, and he’s a really good crosser too.
He’s a major asset for Sunderland. It will be a really big test against them, but I’m confident we can do it at home.