Too often away from the field due to injuries this season, with his training club, Arjen Robben gave two assists during the success of Groningen, this Sunday. A relief for the 37-year-old veteran.
Arjen Robben (37) is smiling again, he who confided his doubts about his future in December, due to multiple injuries that have prevented him from expressing his passion on the pitch, since returning to his club trainer from Groningen (after a year of retirement, which was not, after all).
Back from injury in April, after six months without playing, the former Bayern Munich international (2009-2019) delivered two assists and participated in the large success (4-0) of his team against FC Emmen in the league, taking full advantage of his first start of the season to express all his qualities.
Qualities that made him one of the pillars of Bayern Munich in the 2010s, with Javi Martinez, Franck Ribéry, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Philippe Lahm. Groningen is seventh in the Dutch first division championship (Eredivisie).
Robben doesn’t say no to an extra season
Arjen Robben had not been decisive since a goal he had just scored with Bayern Munich for his last outing with the Bavarian club, against Eintracht Frankfurt. It was May 18, 2019, ages ago. And we could feel after the meeting that the wait was long, and that it weighed on him, because the player cracked at the microphone of the broadcaster of the meeting.
“That’s why we’re doing it, I really wanted that, he savored. It was the ultimate reward for me. For working hard, coming back, helping the club. I’m happy.” said a beaming and fit Robben at Nos. For the first time in his life, he also played football on artificial turf. “I had never trained on this pitch before. At the start of the season, I probably wanted to skip this game, but we’re so close to the end. So you want to be there, even if it had been in. the street.”
Is a Robben of this level likely to extend the fun for another year? The player, at the end of his contract on June 30, does not close the door to an extension: “I will make a decision on this when the season is over. Now it’s easy, if you are in a flow. But I was also in a different state of mind for a long time. It’s less pleasant. “