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Wenger: Van vital to title tilt

Arsene Wenger believes revitalised striker Robin van Persie can help fire Arsenal's Premier League title challenge this season.

The Dutchman netted his first hat-trick in the 3-0 win over 10-man Wigan.

The 27-year-old striker took his tally to six in the last three games with a treble against the below-par Latics - and that after blasting a penalty high into the stands following Gary Caldwell's red card for pulling back Cesc Fabregas.

Van Persie has a history of promising campaigns interrupted by injury, last season undergoing ankle surgery to be fit in time for the World Cup.

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