Van Persie proud to equal record

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Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has revealed his pride at equalling Thierry Henry's club record for the most Premier League goals in a calendar year.

But the prolific Van Persie is adamant helping Arsenal be successful is more important than any personal glory. The Dutchman has scored 34 times in 2011 and has two matches left this year to surpass the all-time Premier League record of 36 goals by Alan Shearer in 1995.

Van Persie, who equalled Henry's tally with his penalty in the win at Aston Villa, said: "It is a big honour to equal Thierry's record because he is probably the best player Arsenal ever had. To achieve what he did in a year is really special. It makes me proud."

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