Arsenal striker Robin van Persie victim of shocking tackle in Uruguay-Holland friendly

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie was one of only six Holland players to complete the full 90 minutes in the friendly with Uruguay on Wednesday evening.

One of the flash points of the game, which Uruguay won on penalties, after Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt had scored a goal apiece, was a tackle by Diego Lugano on Arsenal striker Robin van Persie after just 30 minutes.

Van Persie ran forward with the ball a little out of his reach when Diego Lugano came in two-footed and scythed down the Arsenal forward without coming anywhere near the ball.

Incredibly, neither the referee or any of the officials spotted the blatant foul and Lugano got away without even a foul let alone a yellow or red card – it is fair to say that even though this was a friendly, it could well have warranted a red card.

For Robin van Persie and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger this will evoke memories of when the Dutch striker was injured for a lengthy period in 2009/2010 following a challenge from Giorgio Chiellini in a friendly against Italy.

The night only got worse for Van Persie who failed to show his scoring boots from the second half of the season at Arsenal, when he took one of the worst penalties you will ever see in the penalty shoot-out won by Uruguay.

Diego Lugano’s shocking tackle on Robin van Persie can be seen here.

The Arsenal forward’s rubbish penalty can be viewed 1.00 into this video.

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