Bergkamp lauds Van Persie

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Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has labelled striker Robin van Persie as a great player after a goal-laden 14 months for the Dutch striker.

Van Persie has scored 33 goals in all competitions this season, spearheading the club's assault on the top four in the Premier League.

However, the Dutchman has ploughed a lone furrow up front for the Gunners, but despite the pressure on his shoulders Bergkamp has been impressed with his performances.

"He has been playing in a role which is very difficult," Bergkamp said.

"I think it's easier for a guy like Robin or me to play behind the striker, and feed the main striker and sometimes get the space to do your own thing.

"But basically he is the one up front who has to make a difference, which puts a lot of pressure on him, but it seems like he can deal with it.

"It seems he can make the difference time after time and in my opinion that describes a great player.

"It's fantastic how he has developed himself, and players like that deserve trophies. So I honestly hope that comes soon, because his character and style of play is fantastic."

The 28-year-old is hoping to become the first player since Cristiano Ronaldo to reach 30 goals in a Premier League season, requiring seven more in the remaining 12 games to match a feat that only Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Kevin Phillips and Thierry Henry have achieved.

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