Team performance vital in Arsenal win, says Man Utd’s van Persie

Robin van Persie has credited the team performance as the reason for Manchester United’s win over Premier League leaders Arsenal, Sky Sports has reported.

Van Persie scored the only goal of the game against his former club as United move to within five points of the Gunners, and deflected the praise coming his way by stressing the importance of the team ethic. The striker added that this was a particularly important victory as, had Arsenal won out at Old Trafford, United would have been well adrift.

It was a massive win,” he told MUTV. “I always like to think positively but if you think negatively for one second, we could have been 11 points behind, which would have been dramatic.

I don’t think you can beat a team like that with just a couple of individuals playing well,” van Persie continued. “You need to be strong as a team. That is what we did.

Everyone closed everyone down. If you look at Patrice Evra, every header or 50-50 challenge, he went for it. The back four did it. Even the front players did it. That makes a difference.

The goal came from a first-half Wayne Rooney corner, with van Persie confirming the ball flicked off his shoulder after he sent a header towards Wojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal. It was his 10th club goal in 14 games this season, and his fourth in his last five United games. In total van Persie has 40 goals for United in 62 appearances since leaving Arsenal last summer.

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