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Arsenal striker Van Persie: Injuries have stalled my development

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie believes his development has been stalled by injury problems.

Van Persie has been out since November with an ankle injury incurred while playing for Holland and he believes his fitness record has hindered his development into a great of the game.

"Everything starts with your fitness and some players are lucky like that," the 26-year-old said. "I hate it but I can't do anything about it because this is my situation.

"When you look at great players, they are always fit, always sharp.

"When you play 50 games a season, you can score more goals and get more assists, so it follows that you are more important to the team."

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