Van Persie: My evolution as a striker

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Robin van Persie believes his evolution from a 'second striker' into an 'out-and-out centre forward' is one of the main reasons he has enjoyed unparalleled success this season.

Under the guidance of Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal captain has developed his game over the past few years to become one of the finest players in Europe.

Van Persie has scored an incredible 33 goals in all competitions this term, and almost single-handedly hauled the Gunners into the Champions League places.

The Dutchman has explained just how he has adapted into his new role at Emirates Stadium.

"It is quite strange because a main striker and a second striker are quite close to each other, you are playing next to each other sometimes or just behind. But it is a massive difference in your game," he told Arsenal Player.

"A second striker is a role where you are doing a lot of running, but one-pace running - closing people down to the left or to the right. Sometimes you will have a high-speed run but it is mainly one-pace stuff.

"For a main striker you might give everything for 10 to 15 seconds or 30 seconds, whatever it takes. After that you might have a breather and then you go again, it is in intervals from really low straight to the maximum again. There isn't too much in the middle and it is a bit more of an aggressive game.

"To be fair I like that though because sometimes you can just surprise an opponent by doing that, having a breather and then, bang, you are off again. It is a different game in lots of ways."

Van Persie is enduring something of a goal drought, having not found the net in three games. But he knows that, in his role as the main striker, he can influence a game in an instance.

"Even if you are not playing well as a main striker, just that one, short moment in behind means you can still score."

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