Arsenal captain Robin van Persie says he feels in the best condition of his career ahead of the weekend clash with Steve Bruce's Sunderland.

The Dutch striker has scored five goals this season and has been one of the shining lights during an otherwise poor campaign for the Gunners.

Van Persie also became the fifth Arsenal player ever to net 100 goals for the club, while he has also been in fine form for Holland.

As Arsenal prepare to face Black Cats at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, the 28-year-old is feeling at peak fitness. And, after a career blighted by injury thus far, that can only be a good thing.

“I played 90 minutes in both international games, and I feel great,” he told the Official Matchday Programme.


"I feel so fit these days, I recover well, don’t have any pain, and feel really good.

“I’m enjoying it, playing all the games, doing all the training sessions.

"A couple of years ago, I had periods where I struggled to play two 90 minutes in a few days, but now I can do it, recover well, and for me it’s the best feeling for years.

“I also love the fact that the international week is over on a Tuesday - it gives you an extra day, and with our game being on a Sunday, we have two extra days, so it should be like a normal week for us.”

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