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Van Persie remaining positive despite poor Arsenal start

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie admits his side has kicked off the season in a negative fashion but feels there is plenty of time to fight back. The Gunners have taken just four points from their opening five matches of the season to sit 17th on the Premier League table.

Arsenal have shipped the most goals so far this season, conceding 14 and scoring just six, but van Persie says the North Londoners can turn their form around and get back on the winners list consistently starting with a victory against Bolton this Saturday.

"There is lots of time [left this season], but at some point you need to pick yourself up and prove what you are capable of," he told the club's official website.

"We are not doing that at the moment and are not consistent enough.

"It just frustrates me, and it is happening too often. Every time we start positively we just keep making the same mistakes and that is surprising.

"It's very important [to get back on track]. Even before the game on Saturday I said to the boys, 'today is a big, big day'. We have to get back-to-back wins, and we just cannot do that at the moment. That is our aim for the next couple of games, we have to win them after each other.

"We just need a couple of good weeks in the Premier League where we get a lot of points, and hopefully we can start next week against Bolton."

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