Holland forward van Persie will be looking to pick up where he left off at the end of last season - smashing 10 goals in 12 games despite the team's disappointing overall performances.
Raring to go: Van Persie believes he can will shine this year if he stays fit after an injury-hampered last season
'I was 27 last year and everyone would think that you have an amazing start to the season and then maybe grow from there, but I had an injury and needed time to get back to fitness,' said Van Persie.'The second part of last year, I scored 18 Premier League goals so it is strange. You can't really tell beforehand whether you are going to have your best year because you don't really know what is going to happen.'If it goes your way, I do believe that this could be a really good year for me. The way I see it is that I am halfway through my career now.'I have been playing for 10 years and I would like to play for at least 10 more years. Of course I want to win things but winning things doesn't come from out of the blue. I am just a part of the whole story, it depends on many things.'
Good to talk: Van Persie chats with boss Arsene Wenger during the club's pre-season tour of Asia this month
Van Persie turns 28 on August 6, when the Gunners have their last pre-season game at Benfica, who are hoping to make the Champions League play-offs.Arsenal then start the new Premier League season at Newcastle, where they famously blew a 4-0 lead in February.Van Persie, who set a new record when scoring in nine consecutive Premier League away games, maintains the Gunners must not let history repeat itself at St James Park on August 13.'It is very important [to make up for that] because if you throw away a 4-0 lead, it's mad,' he said. 'I don't think it ever happened in the Premier League and I am not sure it will happen again.'We need to set something right there and show that it was a mistake and it's not something that will happen more often.'
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