Arsene Wenger’s side scored an emphatic 5-3 comeback win against their London rivals, Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with skipper Robin van Persie snatching a memorable hat-trick to declare the Gunners’ dominance.
Although Chelsea led at the break with strikes from Frank Lampard and John Terry, with a lone goal scored by the Dutchman Arsenal's only reward, the second half well and truly belonged to the men in red, with Andre Santos and Theo Walcott turning the scoreline around just before the hour mark.
Spaniard Juan Mata pulled one back for the Blues to equalize, before van Persie took centrestage, confirming the win with his second and Arsenal's third, when defender John Terry slipped, five minutes from time. The Dutchman continued his emphatic run of form and thumped in the fifth goal of the game and completed his hat-trick, in injury time, past a dejected Petr Cech. The late strike marked goal No. 28 for him in 29 Premier League games in 2011.
“He is of course on fire and he takes advantage through his class. We attack a lot and we create chances overall of course. The intelligence of his movement around the box and the accuracy of his finishing is exceptional,” said Wenger to Arsenal.com, when asked about van Persie.
The manager also added that he felt that Arsenal was much better defensively in the second half and didn’t give away too many chances. The team always looked dangerous throughout the game and he hoped the team’s performance gets stronger with every game.
“It's the best habit in my job. We are more consistent now and we have to keep that going now. Tuesday night (Arsenal vs. Marseille, UEFA Champions League) will be another test where we will have to focus and produce that quality again, that's what is at stake,” said the manager, when asked about the team’s strong run of form.
Arsenal have now won nine of their last 10 fixtures and will hope to carry this momentum forward to Tuesday’s big UEFA Champions League group stage clash, according to an Arsenal.com report.