RVP keeping the Arsenal faith

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Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie is confident Arsene Wenger's side will recover from their poor start to the 2011-12 campaign, and insists there is no need to panic as the players set their sights on getting back to winning ways.

A dark cloud hung over the Emirates Stadium, after a summer of turmoil which saw the sale of former captain Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to Manchester City, and the Gunners' misery was compounded by the worst opening to a Barclays Premier League campaign in the past 15 years.

Just seven points garnered from their opening seven fixtures leaves Arsenal sitting 15th in the table, and having also endured an emphatic 8-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United, prior to losing the north London derby against Tottenham last weekend, it's safe to say that optimism around the club has been higher.

"I have every trust in the things we are doing within the club," Van Persie told the Sunday Mirror. "There is only a fine line between winning and losing.

"Just look at our last match against Spurs. We could have won that game with the chances we had. There is no need to panic for anyone.


"Our start is not good. I would have felt better if we had won the derby. We didn't and right now there is a negative feeling. But I assure you, it is not all that negative.

"It is up to us, players and staff, to sort it out on the pitch."

A further cause for concern for Arsenal fans at the moment is the growing speculation that surrounds the future of their newly-installed skipper, but the Dutchman insists he remains fully committed to the cause.

"I am not going to make any statements about my future," added Van Persie. "Not now, not for a while.

"I've been at Arsenal eight years and that is quite extraordinary these days. Which is why I treasure this. What my future will bring, nobody knows.

"I can understand people are curious, but I am just dedicated to everything at Arsenal right now."

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