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Gunners want compensation for van Persie injury

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the club intend to seek compensation from the Dutch football federation over the ankle injury suffered by striker Robin van Persie.

The forward suffered ankle ligament damage during Holland's friendly against Italy on November 14 and is not expected to return to action until April next year.

Wenger, quoted in several Sunday newspapers, said: "We are working on this with our lawyers at the moment and we are definitely going for it."

He added: "I expect financial compensation for the damage it can make to the championship and the salary involved. It is especially frustrating to lose your players for the rest of the season in a friendly game."

Wenger claims the Dutch federation (KNVB) misdiagnosed the injury.

"Initially, the Dutch FA said it was a small problem and Robin called me to see if he could go and see this Serbian wonder doctor and it was OK. It was only when he came back here that we realised there was much more damage. In Holland they have a fight between the national doctor and the guy that did the surgery on Robin.

"We just want to go for it because there are a lot of things that have not been done properly after he was injured."

The KNVB gave their version of events in a statement issued to Press Association Sport on November 29.

The statement read: "Directly after Robin van Persie got injured in the friendly of the Dutch national team versus Italy, the doctor of the Netherlands team diagnosed an ankle ligament problem. The Arsenal striker went to the hospital in Amsterdam on Sunday, where further examination (an MRI scan) confirmed the diagnosis of the medical staff of the Netherlands team - Robin van Persie had a ruptured ligament of his right ankle.

"The medical staff of the KNVB contacted Arsenal club doctor Gary O'Driscoll the same Sunday to inform him about the outcome of the investigation and to transfer the medical record regarding this injury. The scan was also handed over to the medical staff of Arsenal."

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