Mental toughness and consistency the key for Gunners

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Robin van Persie insists Arsenal will be a tougher proposition next season, with an even greater determination to end their trophy drought.

At the start of the week, Alex Song said that Arsenal are working on their mental strength this summer, and will use their newfound toughness to challenge for honours next season.

“Sometimes we get on the pitch and we think ‘this game will be won easily’ that is something that we have to change,” Song said. “Because when you think you are going to win a game, and you don’t, it
knocks the team.

“You can’t play a game against Manchester United and lose against Bolton in the game before that. I think we need to have the same mentality whether we play Bolton or Manchester United. I think we need to learn from this to be ready for next season.”

Arsenal have now gone six seasons without a trophy, but Van Persie recently pledged his future to the club, and said the Gunners will be working on improving their consistency over the summer period.

“I’m an Arsenal player, of course. I have a deal until 2013 so two more seasons,” the Dutchman said. “We came close, very, very close this season - if you look at our games against big teams, I think we are first in that small league. We gained so many points against them. We need to be more consistent because we have everything in our team.

“To play at the highest level is to be consistent because when you look at Barcelona, they are literally playing four or five top games after each other and then they have one a bit less maybe, but they are
normally still winning it.

“Then, you are a really hugely good team and that’s what they are doing – and that’s what our aim should be as well.”

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