Robin van Persie says it was important for Arsenal's players to share Saturday's win at Chelsea with the fans.

The captain and his team-mates linked arms and ran over to the travelling supporters after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge to celebrate their stunning 5-3 victory.

Van Persie gave his shirt to a delighted Arsenal fan and he paid tribute in his programme notes ahead of tonight's Champions League clash with Marseille.

"You could see what it meant to us at full-time [at Chelsea] and I wanted to share that with the fans," he told the Official Matchday Programme.

"I wanted the team and the fans to come together. They have really been helping us lately – they have been great. Even during the game on Saturday when we were behind, and when we were brought back to 3-3 our fans were really supporting us. So that’s why I went straight for them when I scored and again at full-time.

"Before that game we had won seven out of eight matches, but everyone was looking for the big one. Don’t get me wrong, every game is big, but this was extra big because everyone was looking at us to see if we could do it, away at somewhere like Chelsea.

"It was a crazy game, but in the end it was all good for us because we got the win, but we also sent out a message to the world, because I don’t think many teams can score five away to Chelsea."

Robin's captain programme notes are available in tonight’s Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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1 Nov 2011