December 3, 2009 / 5:39 PM / 10 years ago

BRIEF-Soccer-Wenger says Van Persie operation went well

LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has had successful surgery to the ankle injury that will keep him out of action for at least four months, manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.

“I have not talked to Robin yet but... the news I got from the surgery was it went very, very well,” Wenger told the Arsenal website ( “There was a lot of disturbance on our side recently (about his injury) but the surgery went well.”

Wenger was furious with the Dutch FA (KNVB) last month after discovering that the player, who was injured in a friendly international with Italy, had suffered more extensive damage than first diagnosed.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Alison Wildey.

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