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The Dutchman believes that the Gunners need to replicate their superb displays for a prolonged period if they are to reach the performance levels of sides such as Barcelona

Robin van Persie has called on his Arsenal teammates to maintain their excellent run of form to put them in the same bracket as teams such as Barcelona.

The Dutchman has played a key role in the Gunners’ string of wins and, although he admits that it will be hard to keep the performance levels up, he believes that they need to continue to get positive results.

"If you look at the last couple of weeks, we showed we have a lot of character in our side," Van Persie told Arsenal Player. "After the two defeats to [AC] Milan and Sunderland, everyone was like 'this is going to be a tough couple of weeks' because we had games against Spurs, Liverpool, Milan and an international week and then Newcastle. Yet we won every game, so we showed lots of character. We can be proud of that.

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"Now we need to show that over a period of a whole year. That is very hard and only the best of the best teams have that in them.

He went on to examine the current situation with European champions Barcelona, a club that rarely puts a foot wrong.

“Look at Barcelona for example: They have a special team there, they are playing most games - nine out of 10 - really well and working hard," He said. "We need to have a run like that for months and even win the ugly games.

"We showed signs that we can do it because against Liverpool we didn't play well but still nicked it. Sometimes it is necessary to win those games. We came from behind in the past four games and ended up winning the game. That shows we can do it, not only once or twice or three times, but lots of times. So why not show it 20 times or whenever it is needed?"

Van Persie has netted seven goals to help Arsenal win its last five league matches and the 28-year-old believes that the English top flight is the toughest competition Europe in which to keep a run going.

"It is very hard [to be consistent], especially in a league like England," he said. "In my opinion, if you look in a technical way, a physical way, the pace, the quickness of the game, all that stuff together, the Premier League is the hardest. I see lots of games from Italy and Spain, but overall it is the hardest league. It is tough to play the way we all want.

“We need to be consistent and get a win over the line, like at Liverpool. We did it now, and we can enjoy it, but we need to show it again [at Everton] and it may even be a harder game. But we have to give it our maximum and see where it ends."

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