Van Persie: We can win every game

ROBIN VAN PERSIE claimed Arsenal can win each of their final seven matches to push Manchester United all the way for the title after they ended a five-match winless run with a victory at Bloomfield Road.

Even though Arsenal remain seven points off leaders Manchester United, they have a game in hand on Alex Ferguson’s men, who still have to travel to the Emirates and Van Persie insists the title race is still very much on.

He said: “We needed this. In the last couple of weeks we didn’t win so we are very pleased. It was a really good performance, we worked hard together so it’s a deserved win.

“I believe we have turned the corner. We have seven games to play and it’s up to us now. Our aim is to win all seven because we have it in ourselves, we just have to prove it now. We are a great team and it’s up to us.”

The win at Blackpool featured a return for Jens Lehmann, 41, who deputised for Manuel Almunia after the Spaniard picked up a knee injury in the warm up. “I love playing football and when you finish it becomes a little bit boring because you don’t have this adrenaline any more,” Lehmann said. “That’s what came back after this game and I’m quite happy about it.

“I didn’t really expect it but it happened and sometimes life is about surprises. There are only four points when we win our game in hand. Look at me, you never know what is going to happen in life.

“Manchester United are a good team but they have to play a lot of competitions in the next weeks and I know from my own experience how exhausting that can be.”

Goals from Abou Diaby and Emmanuel Eboue set Arsenal on their way and after Gary Taylor-Fletcher pulled one back, Van Persie finished the job on the break.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway felt aggrieved at referee Lee Mason’s failure to award his team a penalty following three controversial incidents.

Asked if he felt robbed, Holloway said: “I phoned the wife, the jewellery’s still there, the dogs are still there, the chickens are still there, the horses are still there.

“But I can’t describe how I feel and how that isn’t at least one penalty I just do not know. Mr Mason didn’t see it as one or the handball and those things at this level make huge, huge, huge differences.’’

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