Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie admits he took a 'gamble' when scoring the winner against Everton at the weekend.

The Gunners had struggled to break down the resilient Toffees on an afternoon of celebration at the Emirates, but Van Persie's strike meant there was a fitting outcome to the 125th anniversary match in north London.

His 15th Barclays Premier League goal this season, the Dutch hitman will have rarely hit one sweeter than his volley past Tim Howard, but the skipper was quick to pay tribute to the involvement of Alex Song in the 'risky' goal.

“Normally I would have taken a touch to get it right. It was a bit of a gamble but in the end a very nice goal just inside the post. I can't wish for more," Van Persie told Arsenal Player post-match.

“It was a great pass again from Alex Song. It's unbelievable - he's a defensive midfielder but the amount of skill he has is just a dream."

The win moved Arsenal into the Champions League qualifying spots for the first time this season, leap-frogging Chelsea to move into fourth place ahead of the Blues' match against Manchester City tonight.

Van Persie felt it was vital to claim another three points and keep the pressure on the teams around them in the league, admitting it was tough to get the key goal against David Moyes' side.

“It was vital to stay on track and get the three points. It was a hard game against a good Everton side so in the end we were very pleased," concluded the forward.

“We've played solid at the back for a couple of weeks now - I mean really solid. You know then that as a forward player, one chance can be decisive.”

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