Arsenal crock Van Persie rallies players to do it without him

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has urged his teammates to stick together as he faces five months on the sidelines.
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Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has urged his teammates to stick together as he faces five months on the sidelines.

Van Persie has urged his Arsenal team-mates to keep "believing in themselves" as he prepares to spend the next five months recovering from surgery on his injured ankle.

"I hope the boys keep believing in themselves. I am absolutely convinced they will keep improving and keep the good form of the last few months going," Van Persie told Dutch newspaper AD Sportwereld.

"If I had known at the time what I know now, I would have been operated [on] immediately. We have all been steered in the wrong direction."

Van Persie continued: "It is so frustrating to be out for months. I was having a super season with the team.

"I had never felt as strong and powerful as this year. Apart from, I think, two matches, I either scored or made goals in all the games we played this season.

"I was getting so strong, that I felt nobody could stop me any more. That is the greatest feeling you can have as a player.

"It is such a pity that great run has been stopped for the time being by one kick in a friendly international match.

"It is a real shame for me, for the team and for the fans of Arsenal."