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Van Persie 'the standout player'

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Arsenal striker Gervinho has been hugely impressed with the form of captain Robin van Persie this season.

The Dutchman has netted 33 goals in all competitions this season, while in the league he looks set to break the 30-goal barrier, having notched 26 with eight games remaining.

Van Persie's goals, which have been regular throughout the season, are finally coincide with Arsenal victories, seven in a row which equals the record set by the class of 2007.

"The standout player for me this year has been Robin van Persie," he said.

"You can see his class with his finishing, how he leads the group, and with his experience.

"He is a player who has grown in to the role of captain and is the sort of player you need during the hard times."

Victories in Arsenal's last eight games of the season would set a new top flight record of 15, one more than reached over two seasons in 2002.

Their end of season form, and subsequent summer plans which has seen them linked with Lukas Podolski and Yann M'Vila means a first trophy in what will be eight years is looking all the more likely.

The Ivory Coast international Gervinho agrees the club are making strides towards breaking their duck.

"We can still win lots of trophies and we can do great things in the future. We have a bright future because this is a good club," he added.

"We are all still young, we have got some good players here, a good group.

"We have been through a lot of difficult times this season, lots of people have wavered in their belief of us.

"They have said this and they have said that, but we have returned to form and now we are going to try to finish the season well."

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