Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has said he is ready and raring to go after taking a short break.
The Dutchman was given time off last week and was not chosen for the Leeds United win at Emirates Stadium last night.
The Gunners’ goal machine said a break around this time of year is crucial and feels that he is ready to make 2012 as good as last year.
“The good thing is that we have been able to have a little break over the last few days, which is always welcome at this time of year," he said.
“I have been able to recharge the batteries a little bit, get refreshed and ready to go again. I’m looking forward to the year.”
Van Persie was not at Emirates Stadium to witness the incredible comeback of Thierry Henry as he had been given permission to take a family holiday in Dubai.
Arsenal won the game after club legend Henry came off the bench to score the decisive goal in what has been called a ‘dream’ scenario.
‘RVP’ has been in sizzling form so far this season – scoring 17 goals in just 20 appearances – but Arsene Wenger was worried he may get burnout after playing as many consecutive games as he has in his career in 2011.
The Holland international’s form last year saw him break the club record for goals scored in a calendar year – the record previously being held by Henry.
Van Persie is expected to return on Sunday for the Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.