Van Persie wanted Arsenal goal for Henry

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Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie admits he was doing his best to get Thierry Henry on the scoresheet during the 7-1 rout of Blackburn at the weekend.

The Dutch hitman struck three times in the win at the Emirates Stadium, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (2) and Mikel Arteta also found the back of the net. And, when the French legend arrived as a late substitute, the writing was on the wall for a perfect finish to a great afternoon.

Henry made it 228 career goals for the Gunners with a 90th minute goal, his first in the Premier League since returning to north London on loan from MLS side the New York Red Bulls.

The 34-year-old had already marked his return with the winner against Leeds United in the FA Cup third round, but Van Persie was desperate to get his colleague on the goal-trail once again in the top flight.

"It was great because I wanted him to score. He scored a fantastic goal in the FA Cup but I wanted him to score in the Premier League as well," RVP told the official Arsenal website post-match.

"And with the last kick of the match, it just happened. The only thing on my mind was passing to Thierry. I wanted him to score and he did."

Van Persie has also urged fans to remain patient with young winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has recently burst onto the scene for Arsenal after earning his first team chance.

Manager Arsene Wenger had used the former Southampton academy graduate sparingly outside of the league earlier in the season, but after getting his break in the senior side, his Dutch teammate wants supporters to not put pressure on the England U21 international.

"He is a fantastic player already; he's only 18 and is so young. He's good on the ball - he has everything. He's quick, he has movement, technique, can score a goal or give an assist. He has a great future," added Van Persie.

“But don't put too much pressure on him. You always have periods when you are young when you have really high highs and you go up and down until you balance it a bit better."

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