Arsenal striker shines for Holland, despite injury

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With the international break coming to an end, Arsenal stars have excelled in matches for their respective countries, with Robin van Persie the stand out for Holland as they beat Hungary 5-3.

The Netherlands have maintained a 100% winning record in their Euro 2012 qualifier matches, and van Persie can be credited with opening the scoring for his international side, netting a goal in under 14 minutes.

While goals for the Arsenal striker looked set to continue throughout the match, van Persie limped off the pitch just before half time with a reported knee injury. Arsenal medical staff are poised to assess how serious the injury is when van Persie returns to England.


Holland coach Bert van Marwijk played down the injury, telling reporters: "Robin got a knee to his thigh. With luck he could play for Arsenal this weekend."

Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere took his fourth cap for England in their friendly against Ghana, playing 69 minutes. The 19 year old is still getting used to the international football stage, but did well particularly in England’s 2-0 defeat over Wales on the weekend, playing beside Frank Lampard and Scott Parker in midfield.

Arsenal’s Frenchmen also starred for Les Bleus, with Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy playing the majority of 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Croatia. Nasri displayed great leadership skills, no doubt brought on by the midfielder's captaincy role for France against Luxembourg on Friday night, which France won 2-0 to extend their lead a the top of their Euro 2012 qualifying group.

Across the globe, Tomas Rosiky played almost the entire game in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 victory over Liechtenstein. Nicklas Bendtner took Denmark to a win in the 2-1 score line with Slovakia, and Audrey Arshavin played well for Russia in a 1-1 draw with Qatar. Russian manager Dick Advocaat was clearly experimenting with his squad, substituting Arshavin and six other players at half time.

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