Arsenal's Robin Van Persie Reveals Dental Trouble

The Dutch striker has intimated that his teeth could be the reason for his injury prone season...
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has stated that his wisdom teeth may be the reason behind his recent injury problems.

The 25-year-old has struggled with a series of muscular injuries this season, and it is now thought that his teeth could be the cause.

The former Feyenoord player has spent several weeks on the sidelines and has not been able to gain a consistent number of games in the Gunners campaign.

The Dutchman is set to undergo surgery on the wisdom teeth to have them removed, and will be ready in time for the Gunners next season.

Speaking to The People, van Persie said, "I fear I'll be forced to drink porridge through a straw. My osteopaths think there may be a connection between my teeth and the muscle injuries I suffer.

"Something like that is very difficult to prove. But if the operation makes just one per cent difference it'll be worth it.

"It could have an influence on the recovery time my body needs after an injury. Three of the four specialists I chose were rejected by the club."

It is not known how long the the Holland international will be out for, but he should be OK in time for the 2009/10 season.

Van Persie has been at Emirates Stadium since 2004, playing a total of 115 Premier League games for the club, scoring 39 goals.

Nick Turner,