Robin sets sights on top four

BY foxsports • November 20, 2011

Van Persie made it 31 goals for 2011, the second a sublime finish after the Canaries had snatched a shock early lead when Wales striker Steve Morison capitalised on a blunder by German international Per Mertesacker. And the Dutchman is delighted to have recorded five wins from as many games. "It's a very welcome (achievement)," he told Sky Sports 2. "We know Norwich away is a tough game and we've seen this season they've been playing really well at times. We knew it would be a hard task but we played well. "I think we missed a few too many chances and made it a bit difficult for ourselves. "I should have had at least one more goal. I had four or five chances, I put two in - which is okay but not great, so I have to work on that. "Our aim is to finish in the top four. I'm confident we can achieve that." Defender Thomas Vermaelen said: "We went 1-0 down early on and it's tough to come here. "But I felt confident from the start and in the beginning we had a lot of chances before they scored. I was confident we could turn the game our way." Wenger was quick to praise van Persie. "He's exceptional but we all know within the club that he's an exceptional player. Sometimes, what was in the way was the fact he was injured," he said. "Since he plays, he shows just how good he is." Wenger was particularly pleased with the spirited nature of the win. "We have shown our mental strength again today," he said. "It's down to team attitude and confidence, as well. There is a good attitude and spirit in the squad." Reports in France on Saturday have suggested Wenger will consider his future in the summer but he said: "I am completely committed to this club. It is the club of my life. "It was a conversation where I said that if you don't do well enough, that is the only way I would consider (it) - if I am below what is expected of the club." Norwich manager Paul Lambert said: "Arsenal are a very good side and deserved to win on the day. But it's another learning curve for us as we try to aspire to that level. "We were always in the game today which is pleasing." Asked about his attacking approach to the game, the Scot said: "We always think we can win games. We got off to a good start, Steve's goal lifted the crowd but Arsenal came back strongly and you can see they are a very good side."


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