Van Persie follows Gerrard and Malouda wisdom in dental stakes

01 June 2009

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is hoping that the removal of his wisdom teeth will help his battle against a series of muscle injuries. The Dutch international is set to undergo dental surgery during the summer break as he follows the lead of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard who underwent the procedure in the fledgling stages of his career and Chelsea winger Florent Malouda who has seen an upturn in his form since the January procedure.

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 recover in time for Gunners preseason training camp.