Robin van Persie: Arsenal's start to the season will be crucial to Premier League title hopes

15 July 2011 09:08
By Telegraph staff and agencies

10:08AM BST 15 Jul 2011

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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.

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