Robin van Persie wants “more of the same” from Arsenal against Stoke City today.
The captain helped his team to a 1-0 win at Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday and, although Aaron Ramsey's late winner got the headlines, Arsenal's compact defensive display was a major feature of the victory.
Van Persie expects the same qualities to shine through when Arsène Wenger’s side return to Emirates Stadium.
"We need to begin today’s game against Stoke as we did against Marseille, with everything in order from the back onwards," he told the Official Matchday Programme.
"When we are all organised then we can move on and look at what else there is to do; we have to create chances of course, because that’s the end result of our game. We know we are going to be tested on set-pieces today so it’s vital to be very well-organised - everyone needs to die for the zone they’re protecting.
"If we do that, I’m 100 per cent sure we can play our normal game and do a little bit more with our offensive play than we did on Wednesday.
"It’s also important that we deal with any disappointments that come our way during the afternoon. We’ve sometimes struggled a little bit with momentum after setbacks, such as goals conceded or incidents that we don’t agree with, but I feel we’re over that now.
"In general I think we’re getting stronger and stronger – most of our squad is fit and we have players on the verge of returning, so everything is looking brighter than it was a couple of weeks ago."
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