Better for Netherlands to lose now rather than at Euro 2012, says Van Persie

The Arsenal striker was on the scoresheet as the Oranje's preparations for the European Championship took a blow against Bulgaria, but he is not reading too much into the defeat
Robin van Persie remains upbeat about Netherlands' chances at Euro 2012 despite their 2-1 home reverse to Bulgaria in Saturday's warm-up friendly.

The 28-year-old put the Oranje ahead on the stroke of half time but two second-half goals from the Balkans saw the score overturned in the visitors' favour and inflict a surprise loss on Bert van Marwijk's side.

Nonetheless, Van Persie believes that Bulgaria provided Netherlands with credible competition ahead of the European Championship, and that losing now rather than at this summer's tournament was consolation.

"It is better that this happens now rather than in two weeks," the Arsenal striker told De Telegraaf.

Defender reflects after Netherlands' loss to Bulgaria
"The result was bad. But the game itself was nice at times. Bulgaria is a good opponent and you can lose against them."

Although he has played most of his football for Arsenal as a centre forward, Van Persie was used on the wing by Van Marwijk to accommodate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar through the middle.

"The coach picks the team and we just need to play," he continued. "It was nice to score and indeed I did so when I emerged as a striker."

The Gunners captain has been heavily linked with a transfer away from the Emirates Stadium during the close season, but again he refused to shed light over his future.

"It is true that I have drunk a cup of coffee with Mr. [Arsene] Wenger. But what was discussed stays between us," he concluded.

Netherlands begin their Euro 2012 campaign against Group B rivals Denmark on June 9.