Van Persie seeks positivity

Arsenal attacker Robin van Persie has stressed to his team-mates the importance of staying positive, despite the London club’s shaky start to the season.

Arsene Wenger’s men have lost three out of their first five Premier League outings this term, and are already 11 points behind pace-setters Manchester United.

Regardless of the poor start, the Netherlands international feels his side must keep their heads held high.

“It is important that we stay positive – that can be hard because everyone is frustrated and we realise that this is our worst start in the league for a while, but we have to stay together, be strong and make sure not to hide or become introverted,” he told Sky Sports.

The Emirates team lost 4-3 against Blackburn last weekend at Ewood Park, and Van Persie is upset at the manner of the defeat.

“Games like Saturday’s happen, but we must not go into our shell. The facts are we went in front twice and didn’t defend well enough thereafter.

“It is strange because in earlier games, Udinese being a classic example, we had managed to do it – fighting for a good result and keeping it. Now we have to show people we can do it week in, week out.

“Yes, we were a bit unlucky at Ewood Park, but I am someone who believes you bring luck to yourselves – and scoring two own goals is not down to bad luck. We don’t blame individuals, but we have to look a bit more closely at things,” he concluded.

Arsenal host Bolton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, with The Gunners fans eager for their team to secure three points.
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