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The race for the Golden Boot continues

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With eight games remaining, Robin van Persie remains the favourite to win this season's Premier League Golden Boot.

The Arsenal captain has found the net 26 times in the league this season, but Wayne Rooney still has a chance of ending the campaign above the Dutch striker.

Rooney scored his 21st of the season on Monday as Manchester United beat Fulham at Old Trafford, and GMF takes a closer look at the contenders for this year's goalscoring prize...

Robin van Persie - 26 goals

Robin van Persie has enjoyed a quite sensational 14 months for Arsenal and, since January last year, has scored 55 goals in 62 appearances for the club.

This season alone Van Persie has 38 goals to his name, 26 of which have come in the Premier League, making him the top scorer in the competition this term.

The Dutchman needs six more goals to overtake Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo to register the most potent season in a 38-game Premier League season.

Wayne Rooney - 21 goals

This season, Wayne Rooney has registered 21 league goals for the second time in his career and needs a further six to beat his previous record.

Rooney scored 26 times in the Premier League in the 2009-10 season and will need a sustained run of form in the final nine games of the season to beat that record.

His overall tally for the 2009-10 season may also be out of reach, having scored 34 times in all competitions that season.

Sergio Aguero - 17 goals

Sergio Aguero has enjoyed an excellent first season in English football, and has scored 17 goals in the Premier League for Manchester City so far.

In total, the Argentina international has found the net 24 times in 41 appearances since his £38 million move from Atletico Madrid last summer.

Last season, Aguero scored 27 goals in 41 games for Atleti - a record he could beat for City this term.

Demba Ba - 16 goals

Demba Ba has been in prolific form since moving to the Premier League from the Bundesliga in January of last year.

The Newcastle striker has scored 23 goals in 38 league appearances - seven of which game during his stint with West Ham last season.

Ba has scored 16 times in 26 games for the Magpies this season, and Alan Pardew may struggle to keep him in the summer.

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