Robin van Persie insists Arsenal can still win the Premiership this season.

"I think in this world you have to think positive, so why not?" Van Persie told Setanta Sports about Arsenal's chances of catching Manchester United.

"I think we're close to our best. We've been building it up and playing better and better each game."

"It tells us that we can bounce back," he said after the game. "We showed it against Hull last week, we showed it again today [Saturday].

"I think this team has a lot of character and it's up to us to show it until the end of the season because we can win lots of things this year."