Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

David Healy: A fit van Persie could have won title for Arsenal

When Tottenham lost in the FA Cup semi-final against Portsmouth last weekend there were major questions being asked of them.

They answered quite a few on Wednesday night with that 2-1 win over Arsenal.

That was a brilliant result for Spurs, who under Harry Redknapp clearly have more character than sides at White Hart Lane in the past.

With that victory they have given themselves a real chance of finishing in fourth place and securing Champions League football next season, even though they still have to play Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.

Arsenal might even end up doing Spurs a favour because they take on Manchester City at the Emirates later this month.

Once again Arsenal will finish this season without a a trophy. They play sensational football but always seem to come up that little bit short.

To be fair to Arsene Wenger this season, he has been hampered by injuries to key players, like Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie.

You just had to watch van Persie’s display as a substitute when he made his comeback against Spurs to see how important he is to the Gunners.

But for the Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, he would have had a hat-trick.

Van Persie (pictured) is a class act. Had he been around for the full season, I reckon Arsenal may have won the title.

Instead he got badly injured playing for Holland in a meaningless friendly. No wonder club managers get so upset by international football.

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