Belfast Telegraph

Van Persie revels in Gunners treble

Robin van Persie thought he would never score a hat-trick for Arsenal - but insists teamwork will be the key to the Gunners' chances of success this season as they prepare for Tuesday night's Carling Cup semi-final second leg against Ipswich.

The in-form Dutchman made it six goals from his last three appearances after netting a treble against Barclays Premier League strugglers Wigan at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

"It means a lot because I've been here a long time," Van Persie said. "I had come so close, so many times I had scored two goals and then I hit the bar or the post. I was starting to think: 'why can I not score a hat-trick?"

He added: "Last week it happened again against West Ham, I scored two goals and then hit the post, so I started to sort of accept it a little bit. The moment when you accept it, that's when you score one."

Van Persie, though, insists it is all about what Arsenal can achieve as a collective unit rather than any individual glory.

"It's not just me who scored. It's like a team effort," the Dutchman said.

"You have the one with the assist, the one before the assist and the one who scores, in between you have the guy who's making the run for me.

"We all love to play with each other and we all enjoy our football.

"Of course there is pressure, because you want to win the title and you want to achieve things together, but on the football side of it we are enjoying ourselves."


From Belfast Telegraph