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October 16, 2011 / benwolfson08

Arsenal 2 — Sunderland 1

Prior to Sunday’s clash with Sunderland, Arsenal captain Robin van Persie reiterated his desire to stay with the club and said he promised to show his commitment on the pitch for the Gunners.

Van Persie put the team on his back by scoring both goals for Arsenal. Getty Images

It only took 29 seconds for the Dutch captain to strike as Gervinho passed the ball to him and he was able to boot it past the Sunderland keeper with is right foot.

Van Persie was exceptional for the first 20 minutes of the game and was clearly the best player on the pitch.

He just missed another goal early on when he had  a beautiful turn around and chip shot that bounced off the post.

Van Persie made up for it when he took a free kick and placed it in the top corner of the net in the 82nd minute. While many players on Arsenal faltered, Van Persie was a constant star on the pitch. He certainly backed up his words with his play on Sunday.

This win was huge for Arsenal it pushed them back to the top half of the standings in the Barclays Premier League with 10 points through eight matches.

Arsenal next play in Champions League vs. Marseille on Wednesday.

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