By Chris Harris

Robin van Persie insists Arsenal have time to turn their season around after an inauspicious start to the campaign.

The captain saw his team surrender a 2-1 half-time advantage at Blackburn on Saturday to lose 4-3 and record a third defeat in five Premier League fixtures.

Van Persie set up a goal for Marouane Chamakh and almost snatched a point with a stoppage-time effort of his own, but it was not to be. The Dutchman knows that Arsenal must find their form soon.

"There is lots of time [left this season], but at some point you need to pick yourself up and prove what you are capable of," he told Arsenal Player. "We are not doing that at the moment and are not consistent enough.

"It just frustrates me, and it is happening too often. Every time we start positively we just keep making the same mistakes and that is surprising.

"It's very important [to get back on track]. Even before the game on Saturday I said to the boys, 'today is a big, big day'. We have to get back-to-back wins, and we just cannot do that at the moment. That is our aim for the next couple of games, we have to win them after each other.

"We just need a couple of good weeks in the Premier League where we get a lot of points, and hopefully we can start next week against Bolton."

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