Arsene Wenger full of praise for Van Persie

Arsene Wenger has praised Robin van Persie after the striker bagged a hat-trick in the 5-3 win over Chelsea on Saturday, claiming the attacker was ‘on fire’.

The Netherlands international is the top scorer in the Premier League currently, hitting the net ten times in as many games, and he grabbed a treble in the London derby at the weekend.

The French coach was visibly relieved after seeing his main man score the fourth and fifth goals in the win, and has heaped the praise on his match-winner.

“He is, of course, on fire,” Wenger told The Guardian.

“He takes advantage with class of the fact we attack a lot, that we create chances. The intelligence of his movement around the box and the accuracy of his finishing is exceptional.”

The Gunners started the season slowly, but Wenger has explained the change in fortune, and hopes his side can continue to progress.

“What has changed is we got half of the team in on 31 August,” he continued.

“We had to rebuild complete unity in the way we want to play football. Every win makes you stronger. Now the players get used to the way we want to play so we get stronger.

“We have still some ground to make up in the league, and the teams in front of us do not drop many points. The quality we have shown should make us more confident.

“We showed great spirit because when you are 2-1 down just before half-time … we came out straight away with a complete desire to go forward. We looked dangerous for the whole game and I hope the team continues to focus on getting stronger and stronger,” he concluded.

Arsenal have their European campaign to concentrate on this week, and they can put one foot in the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a home win against Marseille on Tuesday.

By Gareth McKnight