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'Always a Gunner' van Persie Focussed on Arsenal

'Always a Gunner' van Persie Focussed on Arsenal

As we enter the final day of the Premier League season, Robin van Persie says he`s fully focussed on ensuring The Arsenal qualify for yet another season of Champions League football.

Much speculation surrounds Robin`s future in football, but as he`s always maintained he`ll sit down after the season has finished and talk with Mr Wenger, but until then we have the small matter of a vital match against West Brom at The Hawthorns.

In what is now one of the most crucial games since we faced Wigan at Highbury in 2006, The Arsenal captain says he wants to guide his team from the "unthinkable" position of not being in the Champions League.

'It doesn't matter if I score or not. I honestly don't care just as long as we win, when we have finally done it I will sit down with the boss Arsene Wenger and the chief executive Ivan Gazidis at the end of the season and discuss my contract with them. "

'For now, though, my focus is simply guiding Arsenal to the Champions League so the situation has not changed.'

'I am very proud to be captain of Arsenal Football Club,' he said.

'I truly love this club and, whatever happens in the future, I am a Gunner and I will always be a Gunner.'

'And that's why I will do everything to make sure we win [against West Brom] because it's unthinkable that Arsenal will not be in the Champions League. It's where Europe's top clubs meet to decide who is the best of the best and you want to be in there - you have to be in there. "

The good thing is it's still in our hands, still in our grasp. We know there can be no more slip-ups.'

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Date:Sunday May 13 2012
Time: 10:47AM


Not sure if I can bear watching. Got a ticket to watch the away screening at the stadium but suffering with a cold so contemplating not going but then those 90 minutes will be unbearable. Anyone else going?
13/05/2012 11:33:00
This match is crucial, to say the obvious. I rarely dream about football but I had 3 separate dreams of this match last night and this morning, waking up each time disappointed because we won in all 3! Hopefully we can do it today, we need to for so many reasons. As Robin says, there can be no more slip-ups.
13/05/2012 11:53:00
This is a massive night (Sydney time) of football. As nervous as I am, can't help but feel confident at the same time that we are going to get that 3rd spot thanks to RVP's final brace of the season which would help him to set a new EPL number of goals in one season record.
13/05/2012 12:20:00
Those comments from Robin sound worryingly like they come from a man who knows he's on his way out
Ozi Gooner
13/05/2012 12:36:00
On a nerve shattering day all the best to all the fans watching - whether at the Hawthorns or at a pub/ home. Up the Arsenal.
13/05/2012 13:10:00
Up the Arsenal! I know we will do it.
13/05/2012 14:57:00
Cheers, Sydneygunner! Hope it was worth staying up for.
13/05/2012 18:46:00
NaijaG, it sure was worth it, although I am lacking in finger nails department.
13/05/2012 21:42:00
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