Wins hold key for RVP


Robin Van Persie has urged his teammates to not worry about beautiful football and concentrate on results in Arsenal's pursuit of a top four place in the Barclays Premier League.

The Gunners have recovered from a disappointing start to the season and are now back in contention for the Champions League places, moving up to fifth with last night's 2-1 win over Aston Villa - level on points with Chelsea in fourth.

Van Persie has been instrumental in the resurgence, scoring 16 goals in the campaign thus far, and the Dutchman believes a change in attitude has been key to both the team's and his success.

"Nobody can play beautiful football all the time. When that happens I tell our lads 'If it's not happening for you, just try to kill off the game so we can move on'," he told The Sun.

"I am still a lover of the beautiful game and always will be but I have become more realistic. It is too romantic to think that you can win matches by playing beautiful football alone.

"Barcelona are the exception - and I have to admit they and Arsenal are the only teams that I often watch on TV."

RVP equaled Thierry Henry's club record of 34 goals in a calender year with his strike from the penalty spot last night, and admits he's relishing a new found self-confidence as the team's central striker.

The 28-year-old admitted to being unsure over whether he would be able to fulfill the roll for Arsene Wenger, but he's certainly proved to be more than capable of scoring all kinds of goals at the Emirates Stadium.

"I have felt more like a centre-forward recently. In the beginning I had to get accustomed to the idea, I was not convinced that I could play in this position," added Van Persie.

"Since then I have become clear in my mind, and grown into the role. I enjoy scoring more now these days. You can see it from my goals - some come about from willpower pure and simple. You can see it in my face, 'OK, the ball's got to go in no matter how'.

"I used to think about other options when faced with the goal - looking to find team-mates with a clever pass, going for a hook shot or blasting it. I am now far more matter of fact, even though I still enjoy a good assist."

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