Robin van Persie is determined to make up for lost time by helping Arsenal scoop at least one trophy when the silverware is handed out in May.

A knee ligament injury and a recurring thigh problem restricted the Dutch forward to just three appearances in five months before he returned as a substitute at Wigan last week.

Van Persie started the 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough on Saturday and appears to have finally put a frustrating spell on the sidelines behind him. Now his aim is simple - to end the season with a winner's medal.

"I'm not a daydreamer, I really think we can win the title and Champions League this season," Van Persie told the Arsenal matchday programme.

"Why not? We have the qualities. We have to stick together and believe in it, belief can take you very far. We have everything to play for. Every game for me now is like a final.

"We have to win at least one trophy this season. At least, because if we don't we would have played fantastic football for nothing. So we need to win something because this is our moment. We all realise we are in a fantastic position and we need to take these opportunities.

"For me it is just a joy to be involved again because I missed it so much," added Van Persie.

"It's difficult to explain. When I came on at Wigan it was fantastic to be back. I just wanted to enjoy myself and help the team. I didn't score but I don't think I need to put too much pressure on myself. I just need to enjoy the game, if I do that, everything will follow."

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18 Mar 2008