Belfast Telegraph

Van Persie wants 100% from Gunners

Robin van Persie has called on his Arsenal team-mates to push themselves to the "maximum" over the remainder of the season - starting at Everton on Wednesday night.

The Gunners head to Goodison Park on the back of five straight Barclays Premier League wins which have catapulted them up into the top four. Indeed, should results go their way this week, then the Gunners could even be third heading into the next round of fixtures.

Van Persie, though, knows nothing less than 100% commitment will produce the result needed at Goodison - where rivals Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been beaten this year, and he told Arsenal Player: "It is tough to play the way we all want. We need to be consistent and get a win over the line, like at Liverpool."

He continued: "We did it now, and we can enjoy it, but we need to show it again (at Everton) and it may even be a harder game, but we have to give it our maximum and see where it ends."

Arsenal have come from behind to win in four of their five victories, the latest with a dramatic stoppage-time winner from Thomas Vermaelen to beat Newcastle 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

Van Persie added: "If you look at the last couple of weeks, we showed we have a lot of character in our side, and we can be proud of that. Now we need to show that over a period of a whole year. We need to have a run like that for months and even win the ugly games."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealed there were no fresh injury concerns from the Newcastle game, with the extra time off because of no Premier League match last weekend allowing Vermaelen to recover from a knock to his ankle.

Wenger, meanwhile, remains cautiously optimistic on the recovery of England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has not played yet this season because of an ankle problem.

"It is difficult to set a deadline on Jack. We go week by week with him, but his last scan was very good so we don't have worry any more," the Arsenal boss said.

"It is about progress and fitness, however I can't set a date."

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