By Joe Brewin

Robin van Persie admits there was an element of hopefulness in his glorious winner against Everton on Saturday.

The Arsenal captain struck a sweet volley with 20 minutes remaining to sink David Moyes’ side and register his 15th league goal of the campaign.

Van Persie concedes he took a risk and hailed the role of architect Alex Song. 

“Normally I would have taken a touch to get it right,” the Dutchman told Arsenal Player. “It was a bit of a gamble but in the end a very nice goal just inside the post. I can't wish for more.

“It was a great pass again from Alex Song. It's unbelievable - he's a defensive midfielder but the amount of skill he has is just a dream.

“It was vital to stay on track and get the three points,” he added. “It was a hard game against a good Everton side so in the end we were very pleased.

“We've played solid at the back for a couple of weeks now - I mean really solid. You know then that as a forward player, one chance can be decisive.”

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

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12 Dec 2011