Van Persie: My role as Arsenal captain

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Robin van Persie admits being appointed Arsenal captain was a great honour - but says it has not changed his role at Emirates Stadium this season.

The 28-year-old, who moved to north London from Feyenoord in 2004, was given the armband last summer following Cesc Fabregas' departure to Barcelona, and has excelled ever since.

He has led by example - scoring 34 goals in all competitions this season - and equalled a Premier League record by netting against 17 different sides in a single campaign with his penalty at Wolves.

While Van Persie is proud Arsene Wenger has given him the captaincy, the Holland international has revealed that he isn't actually doing too much differently.

"I don't think it changed me a lot in the way I am because I believe you should always stay the same," he told Arsenal Player. 

"I think the only thing that has changed for me is that it has been made official. Before that I was always helping people out where I could because we all help each other out, it's not only me. This is the way our club is.

"I do realise that some stuff starts with me but that counts for every single person for themselves as well. Good behaviour starts from yourself. If you expect that from other people, you should start by yourself and be helpful to everyone else. 

"That has nothing to do with the captaincy, it is the way you should be. Everybody should try to be positive and try to help each other out. I don't think I am the main starter in all of that."

Patrick Vieira was captain when Van Persie joined Arsenal, and the current skipper knows he is following a long line of club greats.

"I was very proud [to be made captain], obviously," he said. "If you look at the history of Arsenal captains, being part of that is a very special feeling.

"It makes me proud because Arsenal is a massive club. You look at Tony Adams, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas - those guys were proper captains. I like it, it feels comfortable and not weird."

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