Robin van Persie insists that Arsenal’s season is not already over even though the club have endured their worst start to a league season since the early 1980s.
Arsene Wenger’s side have accrued a paltry four points and conceded 14 goals in their first five games and currently sit 17th in the table, eleven points behind leaders Manchester United. However, despite the worrying state of affairs, the Dutchman still thinks the Gunners can challenge for honours, so long as they string a run of wins together soon.
Speaking in the aftermath of Saturday’s abject collapse against Blackburn Rovers, the club captain told Arsenal.com:
“There is lots of time [left this season], but at some point you need to pick yourself up and prove what you are capable of.
“We are not doing that at the moment and are not consistent enough.
“It just frustrates me, and it is happening too often. Every time we start positively we just keep making the same mistakes and that is surprising.
“It’s very important [to get back on track]. Even before the game on Saturday I said to the boys, ‘today is a big, big day’. We have to get back-to-back wins, and we just cannot do that at the moment. That is our aim for the next couple of games, we have to win them after each other.
“We just need a couple of good weeks in the Premier League where we get a lot of points, and hopefully we can start next week against Bolton.”
In more positive news Jack Wilshere has hinted that his recovery from a troublesome ankle problem is progressing well. The England international hasn’t played any first team football since the Emirates Cup and is currently wearing a protective boot.
Writing on Twitter, the 19-year-old gave an update on the troublesome injury:
“Good day at football today! In the gym again! Ankle feeling a lot better. Hope to be back playing soon!”
It remains to be seen how much longer the playmaker will be sidelined, although Arsene Wenger refused last Thursday to put a time-scale on his young charge’s recovery.
“I cannot give you any news because he is in a boot for one month. The test will come after those four weeks,” stated the Frenchman.