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Van Persie stays positive

Van Persie stays positive (©PAphotos)
Van Persie stays positive (©PAphotos).

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie maintains there can be no hiding place as the Gunners look to get their Barclays Premier League campaign back on track against Bolton.

Manager Arsene Wenger is set to recall his senior players on Saturday, having selected a youthful squad for the midweek 3-1 Carling Cup third-round win over Shrewsbury.

Van Persie said: "It is important that we stay positive - that can be hard because everyone is frustrated and we realise that this is our worst start in the league for a while, but we have to stay together, be strong and make sure not to hide or become introverted."

He added: "Games like Saturday's happen, but we must not go into our shell. We should be proud of who we are and aware that we are only five games in with so much still to play for."


 

Wenger had demanded an improved defensive display after his side pressed the self-destruct button at Ewood Park, scoring two own goals as they collapsed in the second half having led 2-1.

The Dutch striker accepts there has to be an improved collective effort.

"The facts are we went in front twice (against Blackburn) and didn't defend well enough thereafter," he said.

"It is strange because in earlier games, Udinese being a classic example, we had managed to do it - fighting for a good result and keeping it. Now we have to show people we can do it week in, week out.

"Yes, we were a bit unlucky at Ewood Park, but I am someone who believes you bring luck to yourselves - and scoring two own goals is not down to bad luck.

"We don't blame individuals, but we have to look a bit more closely at things."

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