Robin van Persie is still "two or three weeks" from full fitness.
 
The striker last played for Arsenal on October 7 when he struck twice in the 3-2 win over Sunderland at Emirates Stadium. He injured his knee in the international break that followed and has been out of action ever since.

Arsène Wenger was hopeful the 24-year-old would be back for last weekend's game with Wigan. That estimation has had to be re-assessed. Now he is set to return just before the Christmas rush of games. 

"Van Persie is out," said Wenger ahead of Saturday's game at Aston Villa. "It will be two or three more weeks."

The manager said the problem was bigger than first thought, adding: "There is still pain. He is not close, he has no chance at all for next week."

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