By Giuseppe Muro
Robin van Persie thinks Arsenal’s players will be sharper for longer this season because they haven’t had a major tournament to contest this summer.
Van Persie and Cesc Fabregas missed the majority of pre-season last year after their national sides reached the World Cup Final, meaning they went into the campaign still searching for full fitness.
In contrast team-mate Samir Nasri enjoyed a full break, with Arsenal reaping the benefits of his prolonged rest following a surprise World Cup omission. Van Persie is expecting similar results for the whole squad this year following their summer off.
“Almost everyone has had a good break of at least a month,” he told Arsenal.com. “It's very important. We didn't have a World Cup or European Championships so we will have good preparation.
“We will have more than a month, I think five or six weeks, before the start of the season so we can prepare well. We can do our running sessions and our exercises, which is good.
“You could see that last year with Samir Nasri, who had a really good break before the season and was on fire. He was physically fresh, mentally fresh, could make his runs and was looking very strong.
“Hopefully a good pre-season can give us a good start because we need a good start.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 14 Jul 2011