Gunners captain and talisman Robin van Persie has admitted that the North London side are disappointed after Saturday’s loss at the hands of Queens Park Rangers, but he maintains that his side will be ready and raring to go against Manchester City at the Emirates this weekend.
Arsenal have managed to leapfrog Spurs into third place after a sensational seven-match winning streak, however their impressive run hit a stumbling block when QPR managed to pull off the improbable, beating the Gunners 2-1.
Despite the slip up Arsenal remain in third place thanks to their goal difference, but are level with Spurs, making this weekends match even more important in their quest for Champions League football next season. Van Persie believes that his side can forget about last weekends poor performance and get back on track against City, he told Arsenal Player:
Everyone is disappointed but towards the end of the week I am sure the spirit will be how it was. We’ll have a couple of days to be disappointed but after that our focus is on Manchester City.
It is a shame we have wait eight days for the game, but it is how it is. Losing at QPR is a big blow but we have to look forward and the next one is a big one.
Man City are second but drew [on Saturday] so they will need the points. We have seven big games to play but if you look at the big-name teams then we have City and Chelsea. As a fan of football I always love to play those games and one of them is next week.
We have seven more games to play and I believe we can come third. It won’t be easy, everyone is fighting for every point and our opportunity is next week.
Even last week when we were three points ahead [in third] with eight games left we never thought it was done. [Tottenham and] Chelsea won and came closer but we have to look at ourselves.
The pressure is certainly on, and a loss this weekend will be detrimental to their Champions League hopes with Chelsea starting to regain form and Spurs looking dangerous once again. Arsenal have the ability to beat City, and because the visitors dressing room is full of stress and anxiety it is the perfect time for the Gunners to play a side that have been dominant all season up until now, and they look like they will end the season without silverware too.
Van Persie needs to find his scoring boots once again, it is great that Walcott has stepped up in recent weeks with the flying Dutchman a bit unlucky with his finishing in recent weeks, but the Gunners need their talisman to bang a couple home this weekend.
Do you think Arsenal have what it takes to beat City this weekend? If he plays Walcott and Gervinho or Oxlade-Chamberlain on the wings, with Song, Arteta and Rosicky in the middle of the park then the Gunners definitely can (yes, the key ingredient is to leave out Ramsey!).