Van Persie: Cup exits can help title bid

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Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie says the Gunners are fully focused on winning the Barclays Premier League title despite a nightmare few weeks for the club.

After losing the Carling Cup final and being knocked out of the Champions League and the FA Cup, Arsenal have failed to win their last two league games, putting them five points behind leaders Manchester United.

However, Van Persie, who is fighting fit after a knee injury, believes not being in those competitions will work in the Gunners' favour.

"It's a real blow that we threw away three trophies within the space of only three weeks. However, we still have another big objective and that's winning the Premier League title," he told


"We're five points behind Manchester United, but have a game in hand, so we can narrow the gap to two points. It's actually an advantage that we're no longer active in other competitions, so we won't get distracted.

"We still have everything in our own hands and will do our utmost to win the league title, even though we have been dealt a few big blows in recent weeks."

After the international break, Arsene Wenger's side have their eyes on the visit of Liverpool and a trip to Tottenham Hotspur, before a potential title decider against United at The Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have already been beaten twice by United this season.

Ji Sung Park's header separated the teams in their league match in December, while this month Wenger's team were knocked out of the FA Cup quarter-finals after goals from Fabio and Wayne Rooney.

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