The Dutch striker has been praised as "perfect" by his manager, and, as he stands proudly at the head of the Premier League top goalscorers list with 10 crucial Arsenal goals, he also holds his clubs chances of success in a season which has started very difficultly. With a hat-trick last Saturday against Chelsea, the striker has now scored a remarkable 29 League goals in just 28 games, yet he feels he can improve on those figures, with more goals in every single game in which he plays. He said:
"I feel I can score every time I go out on to the pitch. For me it's just the best feeling to have. It doesn't really matter against who we play, we always create chances so that means I always have a go. Then it's up to me to score."It is this very confidence and determination which has oozed from him and affected his fellow team mates brilliantly. His performances this year have been inspirational for them, and it is credit to his influential and effective appearances in the side that the whole team have picked up form. Arsene Wenger agrees whole-heartedly:
"Robin is an exceptional player who takes advantage of that fact that we have an attacking team that works hard for him. It's no coincidence that when a player scores, well it is because the team does well. Our style of play creates chance."
"Van Persie is a perfect captain not just because he scores goals but because he behaves himself on and off the field."Arsenal face Marseille on Tuesday night with a positive result needed to progress into the latter stages of the competition. The Ligue 1 side have made it a priority to stop the in form 28 year-old Dutchman from penetrating the French sides defence with their manager, Didier Deschamps quite bluntly saying:
“To block him would be the ideal thing to do. But ideally we should be looking to stop him from getting too many balls so he doesn't have too many opportunities.”