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Robn van Persie's ankle recovery "right on schedule"

Robin van Persie has described his recovery from a serious ankle injury as "right on schedule" as he aims to return for the latter stages of Arsenal's season.

Van Persie has not featured for Arsenal since suffering ligament damage when representing Netherlands in an international friendly fixture against Italy in November. The club set a likely recovery period of between four and five months.

Arsenal have struggled in his absence, slipping nine points behind leaders Chelsea with Andrei Arshavin occupying an unfamiliar attacking role, but Van Persie is hopeful he will play some part at the conclusion of the campaign.

"At this point I can say that my recovery is right on schedule," Van Persie told the Sun. "The injury has been quite bad.

"I would however like to be part of the team's campaign in the later stages of the league, or if we are still there, in the Champions League."

Meanwhile, after the acute disappointment of Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, Theo Walcott has urged his Arsenal team-mates to learn from their mistakes and respond when facing Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening.

"We dominated the game, but Chelsea took their chances and you have got to be decisive," Walcott said. "We need to learn from that and then push on for the Liverpool game, because if we keep the ball like we did against Chelsea, but create more chances, we can kill anyone.

"However, everyone just remembers the results, and that is what we have to do - win these games and not lie down in the big matches. We have to believe we are always in the title race, no matter where we are in the league."


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