By Nick Teale
 
Robin van Persie showed just how much he had been missed when he returned from injury against Tottenham, according to Arsène Wenger.
 
The Dutchman made his first appearance in five months as a second-half substitute in Wednesday's North London derby after being sidelined with ankle ligament damage sustained while on international duty in November.
 
The striker was impressive on his return and forced a string of top-class saves from Heurelho Gomes.
 
His performance posed the question 'what-if he had been fit all season?' and Wenger responded to that point at his press conference on Friday morning.
 
"You could see that you missed this player when he came on," said the manager.
 
"He had not kicked the ball for five months, it was not even realistic to put him on the bench at the start but we have so many injuries that he has shown how much we missed him."

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