Arsene Wenger has warned Bert van Marwijk it would be “an absolute scandal” if Robin van Persie plays for Holland next month.
Wenger said that he expected Van Persie to return from his ankle injury by mid-November, and Van Marwijk has said he would like to play the striker in the friendly against Turkey on November 17.
“Robin is expected to be back in the national team next month,” Van Marwijk has said. “We expect to play him.”
However, despite Wenger’s hope that Van Persie should be available in three weeks, he feels it would be wrong for the player to represent his country ahead of his Arsenal return.
“I think the Dutch coach has a good sense of humour – there is no chance,” Wenger said. “That would be an absolute scandal if he plays in a friendly and not a competition here. He would not be ready.
“The players have to perform for their clubs first. If they are okay for their clubs, they can play for their national teams. You cannot have the reverse.”
The club v country standoff comes after Bayern Munich vowed to take action against the Dutch federation after captain Mark van Bommel returned to his club with an injury after the international break. Bayern had warned that he should return to Germany after suffering a knee problem ahead of the qualifier against Sweden, but van Marwijk selected his son-in-law to play in the game.