Robin van Persie believes Arsenal’s elimination from the Champion’s League is a blessing in disguise as it allows the Gunners to focus on the Premier League title, Goal.com has revealed,
Arsenal were eliminated from Europe’s most prestige club tournament by Spanish champions Barcelona and the Dutch striker says without the distraction of European football the north London side’s chances of winning the league will increase as they will be able to catch up with Premier League rivals Manchester United who progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals.
The former PSV player said: “It is actually an advantage that we are no longer active in other competitions, so we won’t get distracted.
“We still have everything in our own hands and will do our utmost to win the league title, even though we have been dealt a few big blows in recent weeks.”
Duo set for early return.
Arsenal defender Johan Djourou and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could return to the Arsenal starting line-up sooner than expected and assist their team in their fight for Premier League success.
Djourou had been ruled out for the remainder of the season after dislocating his shoulder in his side’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United but it is expected that the Swiss international will return to training with the first-team within a month.
Szczesny damaged his finger when saving a shot from Dani Alves in the Gunners’ Champions League tie against Barcelona. The 20-year-old shot stopper is set to go for another scan in early April and depending on the results, the Polish international could be available for selection to face league rivals Manchester United in May, a potential title deciding fixture.
Szczesny told Arsenal TV: “There is not a lot of joint damage, the tendon is ruptured, so basically I have to keep my finger in a splint for four weeks and let the tendon heal.
“From then it will be a couple of weeks before I can be back in the squad. It is very hard, especially at a time when it was going well for me, but there is nothing you can do when it happens – you have to move on, work hard on your fitness and make sure you come back stronger than ever.”
Fabregas: I’ll be stronger than ever.
Cesc Fabregas is determined to come back from his hamstring injury “stronger than ever” and help Arsenal in their bid to become Premier League champions this season.
The Gunners captain has targeted the north London side’s league fixture against Blackburn Rovers on April 2 as his first game back from injury.
The Spaniard has had a recurring hamstring injury and expressed his frustration with the injury and says he is doing everything he can to fix the problem.
The Arsenal skipper said on a Twitcam broadcast: “Everything is getting better. It’s been a weird season for me with injuries and I just want to make it right, and I want to come back stronger than ever and fitter than ever so that it won’t happen again. Hopefully you will see me against Blackburn if I’m fit.”