Blackpool 1 Arsenal 3: We’re still in it, insists Van Persie

"We have it in ourselves, we just have to prove it now," says Arsenal striker after win at Blackpool

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
Barclays Premier League, 10 April 2011, Bloomfield Road
team1
Blackpool
Taylor-Fletcher (52)
1 - 3
team2
Arsenal
Diaby (18) Eboue (21) van Persie (76)

Robin van Persie has declared that Arsenal can prove their doubters wrong and overturn a seven-point deficit to win the Premier League title after the Gunners overcame Blackpool on Sunday.

Arsène Wenger’s men narrowed the gap on leaders Manchester United with their first league win in three games in an enthralling top flight encounter at Bloomfield Road.

With a game in hand on Sir Alex Ferguson’s men and with United yet to travel to the Emirates, Van Persie insists Arsenal can still snatch the title from United’s grasp.

“We have seven games to play for and it’s up to us now,” said Van Persie. “We have it in ourselves [to win our remaining seven games], we just have to prove it now. We are a great team so it’s up to us.”

Abou Diaby put the visitors in front after 18 minutes when he stroked home Van Persie’s low pass across goal after breaking free of the Blackpool rearguard.

Emmanuel Eboue then doubled the lead three minutes later with a rasping left-footed strike after he was fed by Jack Wilshere as the Gunners ran riot in front of the Blackpool goal.

But Gary Taylor-Fletcher hauled Ian Holloway’s side back into the match on 52 minutes when he slotted home a loose ball after Jens Lehmann, who started the game after Manuel Almunia injured his knee in the warm-up, had brought down DJ Campbell.

A pulsating encounter was then put to bed 15 minutes from time when substitute Theo Walcott darted down the right wing and slid a pass across goal for Van Persie to tap in.

“We needed this,” said Van Persie afterwards. “We’re very pleased. Everyone had a really good performance and we worked hard together so it was a deserved win.”

Lehmann admitted he was not expecting to feature in Wenger’s first team after making his shock return to north London.

“Sometimes life is about surprises and that happened to me, and you never know what’s coming in the upcoming weeks,” he said. “We’re back now and let’s see how far we can go.”

And Lehmann insists he is not bothered if he doesn’t play again this term. “I don’t care,” he added. “If that was my final game ever I am pleased because we have won. So let’s wait and see what’s happens.”

Follow @thesportreview on Instagram

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Christian Pulisic
Sky Sports pundit: Christian Pulisic can’t replace Eden Hazard at Chelsea FC
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Martin Keown
Martin Keown makes Arsenal claim about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola rates Chelsea FC and Arsenal’s title chances
Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba still ‘desperate’ to leave Man United – report