RVP pleased by Holland run-out

Van Persie came on at half-time of the 1-0 win over Turkey in

Amsterdam for his first game for his country since the World Cup

final defeat to Spain in South Africa. Van Persie has been

sidelined since with ankle injury but made an important

contribution at the ArenA with the cross for Klaas Jan Huntelaar

which settled the contest. “It’s very nice to be back,” said Van

Persie, whose initial call-up for the game was questioned by Arsene

Wenger. “I see it as a win-win situation. I am pleased that the

Dutch coach is happy and that the coach of Arsenal is also happy.

“It all went well. I was not troubled by the match, everything went

according to plan. “The training that I’ve had with the Dutch team,

I have not have at Arsenal.” Van Persie’s return was one of the

plus points for Oranje boss Bert van Marwijk but the downside was

an ankle injury suffered by Hamburg defender Joris Mathijsen.

Mathijsen will undergo further tests later on Thursday but the

initial prognosis was not good. “We haven’t had much luck lately,”

said Van Marwijk. “We know there is damage to the ankle ligaments.

How great the damage is is yet unknown.”