RvP: Gunners need new faces

The Gunners are now assured of Champions League football this

season following their 3-1 play-off aggregate success over Italian

outfit Udinese. They have lost key duo Cesc Fabregas and Samir

Nasri this summer and van Persie knows it will be hard to soldier

on without them. However, van Persie praised his team-mates after

Wednesday’s 2-1 win in north-east Italy. The Dutchman believes the

future is bright for the club with the likes of Carl Jenkinson,

Emmanuel Frimpong and Wojciech Szczesny, who saved a penalty, all

performing with distinction. “It’s vital for Arsenal,” he told Sky

Sports. “Of course we did lose Samir and Cesc which is very hard

for us because those are two great players. “To come up with that

performance in the second half is special. If you look at our team

and people did question our mental strength. We’ve shown loads of

that. “Carl Jenkinson for example, I think it was his best game so

far. “We played really well. Szczesny is on fire. He saves almost

everything “Frimpong is doing well. I’m just happy that we’re in it

and let’s go from there.”