The Gunners had shown plenty of spirit and glimpses of the quality they will need to have an impact on next season´s title race during an entertaining encounter with the Italian champions, who had taken the lead through David Suazo before Alexander Hleb equalised.
Then just when the match seemed to be heading towards a draw, van Persie - out since breaking his metatarsal in January - smashed home a winner following superb close control in the six-yard box.
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