Give RvP what he wants, Arsene - NOW!!

By Avenell Dave

If you read back at this blog in the past year or so, I've often said that while we all know Robin van Persie is a great footballer, the fact that he is always injured has made him more of a luxury than an asset.

A second hat-trick of the season, possibly the best goals to games ratio from a striker this calendar year and the sort of captain's performances that lead by example have turned RvP into the superstar we needed.

Of course, with his contract up in 20 months, we need to get him signed up soon, so that all the speculation goes away and we can focus on winning trophies and upsetting the pundits.

There's always the risk that the Dutchman could find himself injured again soon after signing, but after the year we've had, he deserves a new deal and now.

I'm sure everyone at Arsenal knows as much and while the need for another striker continues, even if Park comes good, the fact that we have someone every other team would want right now and who strikes fear into the opposition is exactly what this team needs.

There can be so many 'if onlys' this season - the red cards at Newcastle; woeful defending at Blackburn; Frimpong's rush of blood against Liverpool; the Szcz mistake at Sh*te H*rt L*ne; not having any players at Old Trafford.

But while it's been hard to be positive this year, the fact that so many new players have come in, so many others have left (and I'm not just talking about Cesc and Nasri) underlines Arsene Wenger's point that the team is only just starting to gel.

Let's be honest, who would have kept on Johann Djourou and Andre Santos after their first half performances?

It's fair to say that all the defenders except Laurent Koscielny could have been withdrawn and no one would have been surprised.

Santos may be a bit of a liability at times, but he's scored more goals already than Gael Clichy did in his entire Arsenal career and his goal, more than any other, seemed to turn the side around.

It's funny to see how well Theo Walcott does against Ch*vski as well. He looks a different player from the one shorn of confidence and ability that we see week in, week out at the Emirates.

His goal was superb, and I just hope he can start maintaining that sort of form for the rest of his career (at Arsenal!) because on that form, he's unstoppable.

Koscielny, as I said, was superb as well, though Wenger needs to have a word with Szcz whose rush of blood to the head once again could have been costly - he was lucky to escape with a yellow card.

Gervinho has been frustrating at times but the way he passed rather than shot when clean through to give RvP his opener suggests he's learnt from the selfishness which cost us at Ewood Park and he now looks like a quality player. Oh how I hate the African Nations Cup and his likely absence on January.

A word too for Aaron Ramsey whose passing, ability in the box and seemingly limitless engine suggest he is turning into one of the most influential players we have. You wonder how he'd have been last season if Sh*wcr*ss hadn't destroyed his ankle.

Seven wins out of eight is just what we needed and a win tomorrow night will make finishing top in the Champions League all but secure.

All of a sudden, we look like a side whose belief and style are back to the old days and long may it continue.

There's still work to do at the back, where Mertesacker didn't have one of his better days, and some clinical finishing could have put the Ch*vs out of sight by half time.

Easy to forget that we had three of our supposedly first choice defence out though.

For now, let's enjoy what has been a superb couple of weeks.

Arsenal are back.