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Dutchman would have taken over with gloves had Jens Lehmann been dismissed against Blackpool, and believes victory has given them a chance of catching Man Utd

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is adamant that he would have been the man to go in between the sticks if goalkeeper Jens Lehmann had been sent off for his challenge on Blackpool’s Gary Taylor-Fletcher during their 3-1 victory over the Seasiders.

Lehmann was not even expected to play in this match but Manuel Almunia pulled up with a knee injury during the warm up and the 41 year old was drafted in for the Spaniard.

It had been a fairly quiet afternoon for the German but he was called into action as Tangerine striker DJ Campbell tried to round him but was fouled by the keeper who was making his start back since coming out of retirement.

If Blackpool had not scored from the opportunity, the referee would have almost certainly sent Lehmann off but van Persie, who is renowned for his goal scoring ability, is confident of also preventing others from scoring as well.

“Yeah I am a good goalkeeper, I am serious,” the Dutchman told Sky Sports.

Van Persie who sealed the victory with a goal fifteen minutes before time felt that the victory was merited and still believes the Gunners have an outside chance of catching Manchester United at the summit.

“Yeah we needed this; it was very pleasing to get a win. It was a really good performance, worked hard together, so it was a deserved win,” van Persie continued.

“I Believe so there is seven games left and everything to play for, it is up to us now, we have it in ourselves so we just have to prove it now, and we are a great team.”

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