Robin van Persie believes that Arsenal will come back from their 8-2 defeat to Manchester United stronger than ever, with the side receiving a harsh lesson on what it will take to challenge for trophies this season.
Van Persie had his penalty kick saved by United keeper David De Gea in the first half, but scored in the 74th minute to try and minimise the damage at Old Trafford.
And the striker said that the humbling defeat has shown the Gunners just how much they need to do over the international break to stand-up and be counted as title contenders this season.
"We need to come back," Van Persie told the official Arsenal website.
"We have Swansea in two weeks, which is a good opponent and I look forward to that.
"This was the strongest team we had today. We gave our maximum but it was clearly not good enough.
"I don't think we can hide behind injuries or suspensions. It is no excuse. They had injuries too, this is football."
Van Persie was made Gunners' captain after Cesc Fabregas departed the club for Barcelona, and the new skipper said that the one saving grace from the defeat on Sunday was the attitude of the fans.
He added: "The fans were great. That is one really positive thing. They were cheering us up all game for 90 minutes. We really appreciate that.
"Sometimes you see fans leaving early but I did not see that. When we went to the fans to thank them after the game, it looked like every seat was still full.
"That was a good feeling. I love that. It really cheered us up."
Arsenal move on to face Swansea after the international break, before facing Borussia Dortmund in Germany in their first Champions League group stage match the following Tuesday.
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