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Van Persie in Arsenal squad for Spurs clash

Robin van Persie will return to Arsenal's squad for their north London derby against Tottenham, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said.

sports Updated: Apr 14, 2010 01:31 IST

Robin van Persie will return to Arsenal's squad for their north London derby against Tottenham, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said.

The Dutch striker has been out of action for five months after rupturing ankle ligaments on international duty.

Van Persie returned to training last week and was expected to be available for Arsenal's final three matches against Manchester City, Blackburn and Fulham as they push to win the Premier League title.

But Wenger has judged he is ready to return against Spurs, with the French manager saying he would be involved against Tottenham, most probably starting from the bench.

“He will feature,” Wenger said. “He lacks a bit of match practice but when I pick a player it means he's fit and sharp.”

“Van Persie is a very important player at this club. He is important for the confidence,” the manager said.

Third-placed Arsenal are three points behind Premier League leaders and London rivals Chelsea, with both sides having five league matches left to play this season.