By Chris Harris

Robin van Persie wants Arsenal to use their Champions League play-off victory as a launchpad for a successful season.

Arsène Wenger's side advanced to the group stage for the 14th consecutive year on Wednesday night after coming from behind to beat Udinese 2-1 in Italy and win 3-1 on aggregate.

Van Persie scored the all-important equaliser on the night before Wojciech Szczesny's penalty save and Theo Walcott's goal sealed victory. Now the captain has challenged his team-mates to produce the goods every time they take to the field.

"It has been a hard week with Cesc leaving and Samir leaving and we have been in the papers for the wrong reasons sometimes but I think that we played well and that is a positive sign," said Van Persie.

"Now we have to show it every few days because that's football, we can't live off this night for the rest of the month or the rest of the year. Now I'm looking forward to Manchester United.

"It was tough against Udinese, we had to dig deep, but we can be proud of ourselves because we had a really good performance," he added.

"We were a bit shaky in the first half, especially when they had chances and they scored. But we came back really well. Our first goal finished them off a bit mentally, it was tough for them to regroup after that.

"I think we surprised a few people and hopefully we can do that more often."

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25 Aug 2011