Robin Van Persie has enjoyed the praise he has received following his match-winning display against Sunderland last weekend, which came just three weeks after he celebrated a century of Arsenal goals.

The 28-year-old Gunners captain, returns to the Emirates Stadium this weekend for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke, and is determined to earn even more plaudits.

After a difficult start to the 2011-12 campaign, Arsene Wenger's side look to have now turned a corner, thanks largely to the form of their inspirational Dutchman - who admits he has been humbled by the fans' recent support.

"It's nice to hear," Van Persie told Arsenal.com. "I read all the comments - I take the fans very, very seriously and I think they're great.

"It's wonderful to know people like what you do. I think people can see that I'm passionate about what I am doing and that I love the game, so it's a big compliment and I love to hear those things.


 

"But we still have a long way to go and a lot of things to prove – it's still early in the season so my aim is just to keep things going and move from strength to strength."

Van Persie also took time to praise the form of teammate Laurent Koscielny, after his impressive performance against Marseille in midweek, before echoing Wenger's belief that he has the ability to become one of the best defenders in England.

"He played very well [in Marseille]," he added. "From the moment he came here he's been really good. Every player has his unlucky moments but he has done really well for us since arriving.

"After just one season in the French top division he came to Arsenal and I've always liked him - he's strong, quick, physically good, heads the ball well.

"For me he has everything to be one of the top centre backs around. When you have all those things it just needs a little fine-tuning here and there to become one of the best defenders."

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