Robin van Persie believes that the atmosphere he has experienced at the last two home games proves that a special bond exists between the Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger’s current squad.
Roared on by fervent support at the Emirates during a magnificent comeback against Tottenham Hotspur and the equally impressive hammering of AC Milan, the Dutchman made clear that Gooners are an intimidating twelfth man when buoyed by quality on the pitch.
Reflecting on a recent run which has put Arsenal within touching distance of neighbours Spurs, Van Persie told the matchday programme of his pride at the burgeoning rapport between those in the stands.
“During that period, our fans have been incredible. I really mean that – the atmosphere in the stadium has reached unbelievable levels and that makes me feel very proud. I sometimes hear people saying that Emirates Stadium can be quiet, but I’m completely certain that those people will adjust their opinions now.
“Our bond with the supporters is special and has been there for a long time, but in the last few games I feel it’s reached a new level. As I’ve said before, it’s down to us to give them that energy, to show them that we are ready for the fight, and then they will respond.
“That’s what has happened recently – the fans and the players have worked together and made a really good team!”
Hopefully another intense atmosphere tonight against Newcastle will help the boys to three more vital Premier League points. We may not have any silverware to play for, but given the rollercoaster nature of this season the fact that the team have managed to get the fans back on side says a great deal.
The least we can do in return is sing without the handbrake on.