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Arteta: RVP is a superstar

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Van Persie takes the plaudits from Arteta. (©GettyImages)
Van Persie takes the plaudits from Arteta. (©GettyImages).

Mikel Arteta has been quick to salute the form of striker Robin Van Perise, but insists Arsenal are not over-reliant on the Dutch hitman.

Van Persie has been in stunning form for the Gunners this term, adding his 14th goal of the campaign in a 4-0 rout of Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

The club captain's all-round displays have been of the highest level at the Emirates this season, and whilst critics claim Arsene Wenger's side are too reliant on the forward, Arteta insists the responsibility is being shared in north London.

“His natural quality is his talent. He is so good he makes it look as though he is not trying. He scores goals and makes them. He works hard. He is a superstar," said Van Persie.

“He is on a terrific run and we hope he can keep it up. But to take pressure off him, you cannot rely on Robin to score the goals all the time. It is not fair.

"It was good for us to share goals around. We have to share the responsibility.”

Van Persie's form has also led to comparisons with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, and should the Dutchman score three more league goals in 2011, he will pass the Frenchman's record of 35 strikes in a calender year.

Wenger believes the comparisons are justified, noting a handful of similarities between the pair.

“It is amazing, because they have similarities. At the start, they are not goalscorers, they are footballers we expect to create something special," said Wenger.

“You do not think they have to score so many goals, but they add that to their game. They are more link players, Henry and Van Persie, creative players and not at the end of things.

“It didn’t happen at the beginning of the season. People said, ‘Why is Robin playing centre forward?’ But they have the intelligence to be at the right moment at the right place.”

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