After lots of speculation in the Dutch media about who would start upfront after the poor finishing from Robin van Persie last Saturday, Bert van Marwijk went with the Arsenal man, again not starting Klass Jan-Huntelaar. Straight away, van Persie had a chance to make his manager look like a genius, but after collecting a fantastic long pass from Wesley Sneijder over the top of the German defence, he shot straight at Manuel Neuer.
While it may be another miss, his third bad one in two games, van Persie has stared off looking very sharp. His movement has been superb, his passing is crisp and he's linking up well with Sneijder and Arjen Robben. He looks in the mood and Mats Hummels isn't looking very good up against van Persie, playing like he did when Borussia Dortmund played Arsenal in the Champions League. van Persie may have missed two early chances, screwing another one wide with his right foot, but he looks very dangerous.