Arsenal star Robin van Persie has equalled Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry’s goalscoring record in the Barclays Premier League since January 1st, with 18 goals notched since the turn of the new year.
Van Persie has been in fine form for Arsenal over the season, though his late charge has seen the Dutchman come close to Barclays Premier League top scorers Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez, who have each scored 20 goals for the season.
Van Persie also holds the record for most consecutive goals scored in away matches, with nine under his belt over his end of the season surge. Didier Drogba held the record before the Arsenal star smashed it, with six consecutive goals away.
The striker recently said he wishes to remain at Arsenal next season, with speculation that big names could be exiting the London club come June.
“I’m an Arsenal player, of course. I have a deal until 2013 so two more seasons,” Van Persie said.
The news will be welcomed by Arsene Wenger, who has relied heavily on Van Persie to help Arsenal in their title push. And although they finished the season in fourth place, Van Persie believes the side will challenge for trophies once more next season.
“We came close, very, very close this season,” the 27-year-old said.
“If you look at our games against big teams, I think we are first in that small league. We gained so many points against them.”
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