Arsenal striker predicts a return to winning ways

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Robin Van Persie is determined to dispel any signs of a hangover from last season's traumatic campaign, vowing to learn the lessons of Arsenal's meltdown in a bid to end the club's six-year spell without a trophy.

The 28-year-old Dutchman reflects positively on a year that saw him set a new record by scoring in nine consecutive Barclays Premier League away games, before finishing the season with 10 goals in 12 games to take his season's tally to 22.

But Van Persie is realistic enough to know that individual excellence is no guarantee of success, especially when a team is rebuilding in the way that Arsene Wenger's side have since the break-up of his squad of 'invincibles' in 2004.

"Of course I want to win things but winning things doesn't come from out of the blue," he said. "I am just a part of the whole story, it depends on many things.


"I was 27 last year and everyone would think that you have an amazing start to the season and then maybe grow from there, but I had an injury and needed time to get back to fitness.

"The second part of last year, I scored 18 Premier League goals so it is strange," Van Persie continued. "You can't really tell beforehand whether you are going to have your best year because you don't really know what is going to happen.

"[But] I do believe that this could be a really good year for me."

Meanwhile, former Arsenal vice chairman David Dein insists Arsene Wenger remains the best man to take the club forward despite their barren run.

Dein told Sportsweek on BBC Radio Five Live: "Arsene Wenger will admit he has had the most difficult couple of years of his career, for two reasons. One is the fact the game is getting more competitive, we have seen more money coming in so the competition out there is more intense.

"Secondly, he has had to contend with the fact he hasn't achieved what he would have hoped to achieve, albeit he has done remarkably well in the quality and style of play.

"But he himself, and the fans, want to win trophies. Arsene is very focused and very determined. I see him regularly, I see a man who still has as much fire in the belly today as when he started.

"He wants to win. I believe in his ability and I know for a fact he is trying very hard to improve the squad this year and I hope he does it.

"People have got to remember what he has achieved. It is easy in life to get rid of people. Then what? How do you follow Arsene Wenger? That is going to be the trick for the board and it is not going to be an easy exercise."

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