Robin van Persie has made clear that there is no reason to panic even though Arsenal’s poor start to the season threatens to end their run of Champions League qualification.
Citing the fine line between winning and losing the Dutchman insisted it was up to the squad to pull themselves together and take positives from a traumatic first two months of the season.
Speaking while on international duty the striker is quoted by the Mirror as having said:
“There is only a fine line between winning and losing. Just look at our last match against Spurs.
“We could have won that game with the chances we had. There is no need to panic for anyone.
“Our start is not good. I would have felt better if we had won the derby.
“We didn’t and right now there is a negative feeling. But I assure you, it is not all that negative.
“It is up to us, players and staff, to sort it out on the pitch.’’
Much has been made in recent weeks about Van Persie’s refusal to talk about his future, despite Arsene Wenger admitting that he was eager to sit down with his captain’s advisors to talk about a new deal at the Emirates.
Maintaining that his eight years of loyalty affords him the right to stay quiet, the 28-year-old stated:
“I am not going to make any statements about my future. Not now, not for a while.
“I’ve been at Arsenal eight years and that is quite extraordinary these days. Which is why I treasure this. What my future will bring, nobody knows.
“I can understand people are curious, but I am just dedicated to everything at Arsenal right now.
“Since November last year I’ve played lots of games, scored lots of goals and made assists.
“Twelve months’ non-stop football is doing me well. I feel that I am still growing in form. It is the first time in quite a few years that I can experience that.
“My future is a private matter and when at some point there could be some news, people will hear it. And I do realise that we have to get things going at Arsenal, but I have full confidence that we are going to do okay.”