By Joe Brewin

Robin van Persie says Arsenal have loftier ambitions than a top-four finish - but he wants them put on ice for now.

The Dutchman has been a galvanising force for the Gunners this season and scored his 15th goal of the campaign to secure three more points against Everton last weekend.

Van Persie believes the Gunners should target top spot although he’s acutely aware that there is a long way to go before the trophies are handed out.

“We should have higher expectations every week, but for now because we have only played 15 games in the league we are not even halfway,” Van Persie told Arsenal Player.

“I don't think it's clever to be excited by fourth, fifth, sixth or whatever. This is not now, we still have to play many games.

“So many things can happen - you see that Spurs lost three points last week, Chelsea beat Man City. It's an open league and anything can happen. Lots of stuff will happen that is surprising so we have to make sure that we are on the good side and actually surprise people with our results.

“We had a tough start in the first couple of weeks, it wasn't an easy summer with Cesc and Samir [leaving],” he added.

“It was always hard because nobody really knew what the team would be for the season. We made a couple of late signings that we had to make, because we were losing a couple of world-class players.

“After that game against Manchester United, we did come back strong. Everybody had written us off to come back from something like that and weren't speaking positively about us.

“To bounce back from a period like that you can say that everybody earns some credit because we had to dig deep, trust me.”

You can watch the full interview with Robin on Arsenal Player.

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