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Arsene Wenger surprised at Van Persie Dutch call-up

Dutch players celebrate scoring their second goal

Highlights - Cameroon 1-2 Netherlands

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed his shock at the decision of the Netherlands to name striker Robin van Persie in their squad for a friendly.

The World Cup finalists play Turkey on 17 November in Amsterdam.

Van Persie, 27, last played for Arsenal against Blackburn in the 2-1 Premier League victory on 28 August.

"He's not played with us or practised with the group, so I'm quite surprised he's in," said Wenger after Arsenal's 2-1 defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk.

Van Persie suffered ankle ligament damage while on international duty in November 2009 and was out for five months.

The Arsenal forward, who has played just three times for the Gunners this season, made a successful return and played for his country at the World Cup in South Africa last summer as Bert van Marwijk's side reached the final.

Van Persie is not the only player carrying an injury to be included in Van Marwijk's squad, with Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt, Mark van Bommel, Khalid Boulahrouz, Wout Brama, Eljero Elia, Theo Janssen and Ruud van Nistelrooy also called up.

Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, who was dropped from the squad for last month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Moldova and Sweden as punishment for his tackle which broke Hatem Ben Arfa's leg, has again been excluded.


Netherlands squad: Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Michel Vorm (FC Utrecht); Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax), Khalid Boulahrouz (Stuttgart), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg), Peter Wisgerhof (Twente), Erik Pieters (PSV Eindhoven), Wilfred Bouma (PSV), John Heitinga (Everton), Hedwiges Maduro (Valencia); Ibrahim Afellay (PSV), Wout Brama (FC Twente), Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Theo Janssen (Twente), Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham), Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax), Eljero Elia (Hamburg); Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Jeremain Lens (PSV), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Hamburg), Robin van Persie (Arsenal).



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see also
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Arsenal
03 Nov 10 |  Europe
Arsenal suffer Van Persie setback
07 Sep 10 |  Arsenal
Van Persie faces five months out
28 Nov 09 |  Arsenal
De Jong dropped from Dutch squad
04 Oct 10 |  Football
Ben Arfa has surgery on leg break
04 Oct 10 |  Newcastle


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