Arsene Wenger insists that his Arsenal squad are not over-reliant on the form of captain Robin Van Persie, amid suggestions that the club will struggle if he suffers an injury.
With 27 goals in his last 28 appearances - including seven in his last three Barclays Premier League outings - the Dutchman has earned rave reviews for his recent performances.
But the Gunners boss is adamant that Van Persie's goal spree is a result of improved team performances, which has helped to bring out the best in the striker.
"Robin is an exceptional player who takes advantage of the team playing for him and working for him," said Wenger. "He is scoring goals because the team works for him and he has an extraordinary talent to take those chances.
"When you have a centre forward who doesn't score people ask 'why do you not buy a centre forward,' then when a player scores lots people say are you too dependent on him.
"He was out for a long time with injuries. Now he is back people have discovered he is a great player but I always thought he was exceptional. He has always scored goals."
Entering the final 18 months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, speculation has been rife about Van Persie's future after reports he is in no rush to discuss an extension.
But Wenger remains unconcerned by a lack of progress, and instead wanted to focus on his current form - which shows in no uncertain terms just how committed he is to Arsenal.
"Money is not what you worry about, as long as they are at the club you want them to perform well," he added.
"He is a good captain because of how he behaves on and off the pitch. He wants to do everything to make sure his team does well.
"Cesc was a good captain as well. Everyone has their own personality. Robin has gradually learned the job because Cesc played only 20 games in the league last season."
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