By Nick Ames
Robin van Persie has a score to settle when the Gunners take on Blackburn on Saturday.
The Arsenal captain pinpoints the 4-3 defeat at Ewood Park in September - when the Gunners let a commanding position slip, scoring two own goals in the process – as one of the most painful in recent times, and has urged his team-mates to bury the ghosts of that Lancashire afternoon when Steve Kean brings his side to north London.
Speaking to the Offical Matchday Programme, Van Persie said: “The game against Blackburn is a vital one in which to get our league form back on track. There’s also something we have to put right – our defeat up there in September was something that shouldn’t have happened in a million years.
"I still speak about it with the boys and in fact was talking with Mikel [Arteta] about it only a couple of weeks ago, because it was one of our most painful losses of the season and it still hurts to think about it.
“Blackburn are a good side, but we took the lead twice and missed clear chances before scoring two own goals and losing the game. It should never have come to that, and we don’t want to make any such mistakes this time.”
The Dutchman believes that, after a disappointing run of defeats, the Gunners’ form in the past week has provided plenty to draw upon.
“If we play as we did in the second half against Villa and the majority of the Bolton game then I’m 100 per cent sure that we’ll do a good job and score the goals we need,” he said.
“There’s no point in looking any further than that, or thinking about consequences – we just have to play with our hearts and get the right result in each game from now on.”
Read Robin's full captain's notes in Saturday's Official Matchday Programme. Click here to subscribe.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Feb 2012