By Chris Harris
Robin van Persie wants to right the wrongs of last season when the new Premier League campaign gets underway - starting with Arsenal’s opening-day trip to Newcastle.
St. James' Park was the scene of perhaps the most dramatic result in 2010/11 as Arsenal produced an incredible first-half performance to lead 4-0 only to surrender their advantage after the break.
Van Persie scored twice before it all started to go wrong on that February afternoon and he wants to set the record straight at Newcastle on August 13.
"It's very important [to make up for that] because if you throw away a 4-0 lead, it's mad," Van Persie told Arsenal.com.
"I don't think it ever happened in the Premier League and I'm not sure it will happen again. We need to set something right there and show that it was a mistake and it's not something that will happen more often.
"Going away to Newcastle is very tough, they have great fans who are very noisy and it's going to be very tough. If I could choose, I would always go for a home game in the first game. In the first couple of games, it's more about getting your real fitness from the games and growing into that."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 15 Jul 2011