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Arsenal ace Van Persie: I'm getting stronger

He is determined to make up for lost time and play a leading role in the title run-in after missing five months of the season through injury.

Van Persie admitted: "Physically I can't play a full 90 minutes yet but I'm getting there and I just need match fitness now.

"I need three or four games to really get back into my stride but I will give everything I have whenever I'm out on the pitch.

"It has been a very frustrating season for me.

"It started really well but now all I ever seem to do is talk about injuries. Yet I don't feel as though I'm an injury-prone person.

"I suffered a thigh injury in October and then I came back too soon for the Carling Cup semi-final against Spurs and was out for another two months.

"I take full responsibility for that. It was all my fault.

"I was too emotionally involved because I was desperate to play."

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