By Chris Harris
Robin van Persie doesn't mind what Arsenal win this season - as long as they win something.
The Dutch forward helped bring the FA Cup to north London in 2005 but is still waiting to follow up his first success as an Arsenal player. Van Persie has been close a few times, not least when he scored in the Carling Cup Final last season, but a last-minute defensive mix-up cost him the chance to lift some silverware.
Now 27, the Dutchman knows it's time to right the wrongs of last term and he has called for extra focus at the business end of the campaign to ensure Arsenal turn promise into prizes.
"The very least for us is to win something," said Van Persie. "It doesn’t really matter what it is. We made the final a couple of times and went to the semis a couple of times, so it’s time to win something now. Hopefully we can achieve that this year.
"Maybe we can focus more on the stage of February onwards, that’s where it went wrong over the last couple of years. Maybe we can focus on that period. Most of our players will be fresh from now until the start of January. When you want to win things, the season actually starts at the end of February. That’s when we need to play better or do things a little bit differently."
Van Persie has been arguably the hottest striker in Europe this year - he scored a joint-record 18 goals from January 1 to the end of last season and has netted in a record nine consecutive Premier League away games. He wants to pick up where he left off when the new campaign starts next month.
"For me, it was the first time that I could really push on from February or even earlier. I set myself a big aim to keep going as long as I could," he said.
"Everyone needs to find their own trick, to push themselves to play better than you normally do. That’s what I did. Hopefully we can do that as a team because you are always stronger as a team than as an individual."Copyright 2017 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