Robin van Persie insists the mood in the Arsenal camp is upbeat despite a faltering start to the Premier League campaign.

Arsène Wenger's side appeared to turn a corner with their 1-0 win over Swansea two weeks ago but they slipped to a 4-3 defeat at Blackburn despite dominating much of last weekend’s game at Ewood Park.

Tuesday's Carling Cup win over Shrewsbury got Arsenal back on track and Van Persie says that the players are staying positive ahead of a vital home game against Bolton Wanderers.

"We know we had a bad start, we all realise that, but we are still positive and that’s the only way to change things," he told the Official Matchday Programme.

"When you are negative, negative things happen. I have seen the boys every single day, and I don’t see anyone sitting in the corner being moody. Nobody is like that, everyone realises where we are and wants to improve it.

"If any of the guys sees anyone else who’s low on confidence, then we will all help them out. We are a team and that’s what we do. We want to do it on the pitch now, because there are no excuses now – most guys are fit."

You can read Robin's programme notes in the Official Matchday Programme. Subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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23 Sep 2011