Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has promised Gunners fans the squad will come back stronger than ever next year, after yet another season of heartache.
The weekend defeat at the hands of Aston Villa has now left Arsene Wenger's hopes of a third place finish in the Barclays Premier League hanging by a thread.
Darren Bent fired two goals in quick concession to give Villa a 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium, further compounding a miserable end to the season for Arsenal.
Van Persie's late consolation did little to dispel the obvious frustration, as the boos echoed around the ground after the final whistle yesterday.
"There were lots of things (which went wrong) - we were not consistent enough. It is difficult to talk about it now," Van Persie told Arsenal TV Online.
"It is going to be difficult to finish third, but we still have one game and have to win that to at least give us a chance."
Gunners fans retain some reason for optimism however, with home victories against Chelsea, Barcelona and Manchester United this season suggesting Arsenal are not far away from being serious title contenders again next campaign.
And when you take into account the continuous rise of youth stars at the club, it all appears to bode well for the future, as Van Persie bids to help deliver a trophy to the deserving Arsenal fans.
"Next season we have to try [to come back stronger]. Everyone starts from scratch and we have a chance, it is up to us to prove it.
"The supporters have been great, every single game they have been supporting us tremendously and I am really proud to be a Gunner with them as our fans."
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