Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has issued a rallying call to his teammates, saying that the Gunners are still very much in the race for the Barclays Premier League title.
The 27-year-old Dutchman admitted he was disappointed by his side’s recent form, but reiterated that there was no time for dwelling on what might have been as the team look to end their six year wait for silverware.
"I firmly believe in the team, Arsenal and myself and I'm positive we will win prizes. I still strongly believe in my club's philosophy," he said.
Van Persie defended the Gunners attractive style of play that is encouraged under manager Arsene Wenger’s stewardship, and rubbished rumours that he was unhappy and said to be considering his future.
"I'm happy here, I have a contract with Arsenal and I fully respect that," he said.
A frequent criticism laid at Arsenal is their failure to find a balance between style and substance – reflected by the fact that the Gunners will have gone six years without a trophy come May.
The clubs reluctance to spend any considerable amount of money in the transfer market in a bid to improve the squad has also called into question the North Londoners ambition at times.
"Winning trophies is a big thing for me," van Persie said. "It is very frustrating but it's not in my head all the time.
"It's about keeping focus, about just playing your game. If you keep playing your game, you'll get rewarded some time."
As the 'business end' of the season approaches, Arsenal fans will be buoyed by van Persie’s comments, in anticipation that that ‘time’ is just around the corner.