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Wenger: No pressure on Van Persie

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RVP needs more help from his teammates. (©GettyImages)
RVP needs more help from his teammates. (©GettyImages).

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal captain Robin van Persie does not feel under pressure to score goals, despite winning games almost singlehandedly this season.

Van Persie added his 24th and 25th league goals of the campaign on Saturday against Liverpool, to once again secure a valuable three points for his side.

With 11 matches remaining in the Premier League, the 28-year-old is on course to break the record shared by Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo of 31 goals scored in a 38 game season.

Doing so would cap off a quite remarkable 18 months for Van Persie, and reinforce the need for Arsenal to retain the services of their skipper during the summer.

Wenger, though, does not rely on the Dutch striker to find the net in every single game Arsenal play, and has told Van Persie not to feel burdened by responsibility.

"No [he doesn't feel the pressure], as long as he scores regularly," Wenger told Arsenal.com.

"I always tell him ‘don’t feel that you have to absolutely score in every game - other players can score. Focus just on your game.’

"He lives well with it but of course it is easy to live well with it when you score in every game and that is what is happening to him at the moment."

Wenger is, however, well aware of how important Van Persie's goals have been this season, and has urged the likes of Theo Walcott and Gervinho to contribute more in front of goal.

"We have players who deliver fantastic numbers of assists - I think Gervinho and Walcott are among the best providers in the world if you look at the number of assists," added the Arsenal manager.

"But I know there are more goals in them and I am sure from midfield we need some goals as well. They will be welcome [against Milan].

"We have seen as well that Walcott can score against Tottenham. He is a good finisher - if he finds himself in good positions, he will score."

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