23 Jan '11, 10pm

Van Persie's fitness vital for Gunners: After an early spell on the sidelines, the 27-year-old seems to be hitti...

London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could not hide his delight at the manner of his side's performance in the 3-0 mauling of Wigan at the Emirates, but there will be far sterner tests coming the Gunners' way over the next few months, and the Gunners will need Saturday's hat-trick hero Robin van Persie (picture) firing on a cylinders. The north London club are still fighting for trophies on four fronts and while fixtures against Ipswich and Huddersfield await in the domestic cup competitions this week, another tussle with mighty Barcelona in the Champions League looms on the horizon, all while the Gunners are sitting in second spot behind Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League. One big task for Arsenal is keeping Van Persie fit for the business end of the season. The Dutch striker has been plagued by injury problems. Having made 143 league appearances, 44 of wh...

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