By Declan Taylor

Everything Guus Hiddink touches turns to gold. That’s the opinion of Robin van Persie.

The striker has kept a close eye on Stamford Bridge ever since his countryman was appointed as Chelsea’s interim manager earlier this season.

And, ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup Semi-Final with the Blues on Saturday, Van Persie spoke of his admiration for the ‘Midas’ manager.

“He is unbelievable. Everything he does turns to gold,” the 25-year-old said. “The first thing I thought when he came was 'oh no', Chelsea are still in the FA Cup and Champions League and he will win something.

“When I saw him two years ago in Holland, because we use the same physio sometimes, I asked to see his hands. He said 'yes, why?' I said that everything he puts his hand on turns to gold. He was laughing. He is fantastic.”

Van Persie scored both goals when Arsenal came from a goal down to narrowly beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in November and the Dutchman expects another close encounter at Wembley.

But, like many, the Dutchman admitted to raising an eyebrow at Chelsea’s recent defensive travails. 

“In the last two games they conceded seven goals,” Van Persie said. “It's a bit much but they have fantastic strikers and covered everything up. If you look at Drogba, he is back again. He had some problems with his body and was injured for a while but he is back on track again and looks really sharp.

“Of course earlier in the season we showed we can do that damage against them. It will be a tight game again. They will play 11 fantastic players and we will also do that. We are both not scared to play. For me personally it will be a fantastic experience to play at Wembley because it will be my first time there. I'm looking forward to that.”

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17 Apr 2009