It was at the beginning of January that Robin van Persie began showing signs of a return to glorious form of old and he has improved quickly and steadily ever since.
Last Saturday RVP got his first hat-trick as a Gunner and it was great to see the joy on his face as he celebrated that third goal - after having missed an opportunity to complete the hat-trick from the penalty spot - RVP lit up the Emirates.
He said after the game, “It was about time! So many times I’d scored two goals and then I hit the bar or the post. I just thought, 'you know what? I’m just never going to score a hat-trick’. I started to accept it and, the moment when you accept it, that’s when you score one.”
In truth it has been such a long time since he's dazzled us at his tricky and forceful best and that is a real shame. But all that is coming to an end. He's hitting form and on a wavelength with Cesc Fabregas, the pair linked up sublimely against Ipswich.
His intelligence, movement, striking instinct, range of passing, free-kicks, corners and venomous shooting easily propel him to the heights of the Premier Leagues most dangerous strikers.
Arsenal are gathering a threatening momentum and at a pivotal time in the season, and it’s Robin van Persie at the spearhead of the Gunners’ crusade.
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