Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Van Persie : Beat Wigan is The Turning Point, NOT Chelsea!

Robin van Persie insists Arsenal must beat Wigan on Saturday - to ensure their hard work at Stamford Bridge does not go to waste.

Van Persie and the other senior stars will have tonight off at Burnley as the next generation of Gunners' talent aims to make the Carling Cup semi-finals for the third straight year.

But after his one-man show demolished Chelsea to take the Gunners back into the top four on Sunday, the Dutch striker admits another defeat next weekend would ruin everything that was accomplished against the Blues.

Van Persie, who netted twice in the 2-1 win at the Bridge, beamed: "There's still a long way to go - but we showed a big, big example to everyone at Chelsea.

"I'm really happy about the team spirit because if you look at the last couple of weeks, it's been difficult. We've been losing points and that was frustrating.

"The feeling we had at the end was just amazing and we showed that with our reaction to the fans. We have answered the questions and the critics, because it has been very difficult and we've been losing points.

"To win that game, especially with the way we defended in the last 20 minutes, showed a lot of character, a lot of self-belief.

"Everybody thought, 'OK, we can really win this game if we fight and stick together', and this is what we did. It was a big compliment for the whole team and we need to bring the team effort into the next game as well.

"But we will see in the next home game if we are really through the bad period, because that is what it's all about, consistency.

"Over the last few weeks we haven't had that. We had a fantastic game against Manchester United and then in the next game, we lost against Villa. If we win against Wigan we will have made a big step."

Van Persie, one of the targets of the outburst from William Gallas that cost the skipper the armband, went out of his way to deny any remaining ill-feeling towards the French defender, although the reverberations are still evident.

But strike partner Emmanuel Adebayor was adamant that the Gunners had shown they are still a force to be reckoned with as long as they can stay united.

Adebayor said: "It was a very big win for us. We went through a lot of difficult moments, people wrote us off in the Premier League and now, it's a message we sent out to every team that we believe in ourselves and can do something.

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