Van Persie: We're unique
Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie believes the Gunners are unique because of the togetherness in the squad.
By Steven Morrison
Last Updated: 20/09/07 5:07pm
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie believes the Gunners are unique in Europe because of the togetherness in the squad.
The Dutchman was speaking after Arsenal's impressive 3-0 victory over Spanish side Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Arsenal have now won seven out of eight games this season and Van Persie says the players at the club are all playing for each other.
"The joy everyone is playing with is tremendous. We are a young side, yes, but I think the qualities are immense," he said.
"The togetherness in this team is unbelievable. Everyone wants to run for each other, everyone fight for each other and everyone is giving.
"This is a unique team in Europe. We are unique because, as we say in Holland 'the nose is pointed at the same direction.'
Van Persie also revealed how Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has developed him into a team player.
"I was a bit of an individual, but the boss slowly taught me how to play together and that you get more out of your career when you work together.
"If you are new you get your chances to play and slowly you think the Arsenal way.
"I know everyone is thinking the Arsenal way and that can make a big difference as well. Not many teams are playing the way we play."
The 24-year-old will be hoping Arsenal continue their good form as they head into Saturday's Premier League encounter with Derby.
However Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Gunners will be without Alexander Hleb and Philippe Senderos for the game.
"Hleb is a major doubt because of a kick on his knee," he said. "He has fluid on it today so we'll see how he goes down. Senderos is a doubt with a hip problem. We don't know how bad that is."
Meanwhile Jens Lehman is still out, while Tomas Rosicky will miss the game with a hamstring injury.