Van the Man returns to the fray...

Last updated : 13 April 2010 By Chris Parry
Arsene Wenger had this to say about his return:

"There is always a gamble in this kind of decision. But in his case we have been a bit more cautious because he has had more time for preparation.

"The biggest gamble I took recently was with Gallas. It didn't work, but he came back from a muscular problem, that is not the case for Robin. It was a joint problem.

"When I pick a player it means he is fit and sharp and has worked very hard. Of course he lacks match-practice but physically he is ready, he is fit."

"He is a very important player for this club. He is important for the confidence. He can make the final ball, he is good on set-pieces, he can score goals, so we are very happy to have him back. The sadness was that we lost him so early in the season."