"Everyone was waiting for us to fall down, but we're not going to fall down," said Van Persie. "Of course, we are going to lose a game in the season; maybe we are going to lose two or three; we're going to have a few draws, that's normal.
"When you play so many games you're going to lose some. But we know everyone is waiting for us to lose more games, and we're going to fall down. Not at all.
"I've been at the training ground every single day and I know what those guys are capable of."
Many had predicted that Arsenal's demise would occur either at Anfield or when champions Manchester United visited the Emirates. It didn't. Today the Gunners face the last of the 'Big Four'. Undefeated in 13, Chelsea are in good form but Van Persie is not worried.
"I'm not scared to face anybody," he told arsenal.com. "I know my team-mates are thinking the same. Chelsea have a good side, they play a different style to us, respect to them. We play our style and I think if we play at the top of our game we can beat anybody."