Belfast Telegraph

Van Persie happy after Bolton win

Robin van Persie was glad to put a smile back on the faces of Arsenal's fans following his match-winning performance in Saturday's 3-0 defeat of Bolton.

Arsenal's worrying start to the season took a turn for the better and Van Persie was the Gunners' destroyer-in-chief, driving past Jussi Jaaskelainen in the second half before turning home with a clever flick from Theo Walcott's cross to put the Londoners 2-0 up before Alex Song sealed the win late on.

Van Persie's double took him to 100 goals for the Gunners and he said: "I'm very proud. I'm only the 17th player in the history of Arsenal players to pass 100 goals. It is a big achievement."

He added: "The ball will get a nice place in my living room now. The fans were amazing again. It has been hard for them and us but we can move forward now.

"You could see everyone smiling after, saying 'this is what we want'."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has been the subject of criticism from some fans, agrees with Van Persie that the result has given the Londoners a lift ahead of a huge week that sees the club take on Olympiacos and Tottenham in the north London derby.

"We were under pressure and it was not easy for us," Wenger said.

"You could feel the relief among the fans, the team and the staff, but some days you have to turn up and just get the result."

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