Van Persie hails Arsenal duo

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With 40 goals in all competitions this calendar year, Robin Van Persie has learn how to be selfish in front of goal, but when it comes to discussing his most successful spell in his football career, the Dutch striker is only interested in picking out one of his colleagues.

While Van Persie's form has triggered a revival in Arsenal's fortunes this season, with his hat-trick at Stamford Bridge propelling him to the top of the Barclays Premier League scoring charts, the form of Theo Walcott, another scorer against Chelsea, and the often overlooked tactic nouse of manager Arsene Wenger has laid the foundations for an Autumnal surge.

The 28-year-old's exploits may have overshadowed the work done by his colleagues, but as far as Van Persie's concerned, he owes his current success to them.

On Walcott Van Persie said: “After every single goal, people ask me, ‘Who gave the assist?’ I just say, ‘Who do you think?’ We have that connection. I know what he is going to do, which is very important.

“It’s vital to have a player around me, as a striker, who knows where I move, how I move, do I want the ball into feet, do I want it behind. He knows where to find me. Stuff like that is vital.”

His current form means his £2.75 million transfer fee, which Arsenal paid Feyernoord for his services back in 2004, goes down as another transfer masterstroke from Wenger, something the Frenchman has made a habit of during his 15 years in north London.

Many of Arsenal's star turns have taken time to adapt to playing in English football.

Thierry Henry required a season before we saw the best of his form which saw him become the club's record goalscorer, while Robert Pires started slowly at the Gunners, before emerging as one of Wenger's greatest ever players; Van Persie, now a regular at the Emirates Stadium, has developed in much the same way.

“I’m so thankful for having met him (Wenger) because he made a big difference in the way of seeing, looking at football” Van Persie said.

“I was 20 and he said, ‘Why are you not a top player yet?’ I said, ‘Because of this, this and this.’ He told me to think about it.

“Then, a couple of weeks later, he asked me, ‘Are you a top player?’ I said I didn’t think so and he told me to think about it.

"I started to realise and then he gave me a little bit of advice about certain actions that I did.

“I started to think about the conversation. It was a conversation that only lasted for five minutes, but it was a conversation that went on for a year because every couple of weeks he was referring back to it."

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