10:08AM BST 15 Jul 2011
Arsenal arrived in China yesterday for the final leg of their Asia tour following a comfortable 4-0 win over a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur.
Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown are next up on Saturday, before Arsenal return to London ahead of a trip to Cologne before the Emirates Cup and a final friendly in Benfica.
Arsenal open their 2011/2012 Premier League campaign at Newcastle United, with a crucial Champions League play-off sandwiched between games against Liverpool and Manchester United.
Van Persie knows his side cannot afford to be slow out of the blocks.
"Hopefully a good pre-season can give us a good start because we need a good start," he said.