By Rob Kelly

Robin van Persie says it is too early to write off Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Premier League title.

The Gunners captain was once again on the scoresheet as his side won 2-1 at Aston Villa on Wednesday night to keep the heat on their league rivals.

Despite the 12-point gap between Arsenal and leaders Manchester City, Van Persie says his team will continue to fight.

“It is still early - I think we have only played 17 games now - so we’re not even halfway [through the season],” he said.

“Anything can happen in this league. Results early on [show that]. Our result against Man United was a surprise, our result away at Chelsea was a big surprise, and Manchester City winning 6-1 away at United too. Anything is possible.

“The way we look at it is that we challenge for every single game. I don’t think Man City or Man United are thinking about [winning it now] because it is only 17 games played. You just have to look at it from game to game.”

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