Van Persie insists Arsenal season is not finished

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has maintained that the club still have a chance of winning a trophy and has urged the fans to stick with the Gunners, The Telegraph reports. Arsene Wenger’s side face Aston Villa this weekend in the fourth round of the FA Cup and Van Persie is expected to lead the side.

The Gunners were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United in the league last weekend and that defeat left them five points behind fourth placed Chelsea. Arsenal have now lost three successive games in the Premier League and after their FA Cup tie, they travel to the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday to take on Bolton Wanderers. Sections of the Arsenal support were disgruntled with Wenger’s decision to take off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and bring on Andrey Arshavin against United and there are rumours of unrest at the club.

Van Persie was quick to play down reports that he had questioned Wenger’s judgement, stating that he was unaware Oxlade-Chamberlain had suffered from a hamstring problem. Arsenal face a difficult tie with Villa and defeat against Alex McLeish’s side will turn the Gunners fans further away from Wenger. The Gunners have their Champions League tie with AC Milan next month and Van Persie wants the Arsenal fans to keep faith with the club.

The Dutchman posted on his Facebook page: ‘There are plenty of games still left, we have recovered from reverses like this before and we will win again, so anybody writing us off is making a mistake. This could still be a good season for us. We have the FA Cup to look forward to and the Champions League. We will all be giving 100 per cent to make sure we bring one of those trophies home, hopefully both of them. Let’s all stick together and fight.’

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