Benayoun keen to relieve Van Persie pressure

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Yossi Benayoun admits that Arsenal need to find a way to relieve the pressure on leading goalscorer Robin van Persie.


Van Persie has hit 28 goals this season to establish himself as the Premier League’s leading scorer, a tally which equates to almost half of the Gunners' 66 league strikes this season.


Arsenal currently occupy third spot, but a recent run of three games without a win has left them vulnerable to the chasing pack of Tottenham, Newcastle and Chelsea below, with five points separating the four teams with two games remaining.


Benayoun, coming to the end of his loan spell from Chelsea, believes Arsenal need to find another source of goals if they wish to challenge for the Premier League title next season.


“We have two games to go and I concede we have been over-relying on him in terms of goal-scoring but that’s difficult to change now until the end of the season," he said.


“I was lucky to play with some of the great strikers in my career and Robin at the moment is one of the best in the world.


“It was the same for me when I was with Fernando and he was on fire at Liverpool, scoring a lot of goals. For me, they are at the same level - two of the best strikers in the world. They are very similar because you can look at their record of scoring goals.


“Fernando at Liverpool, he scored in a lot of goals, especially when he had a player like Stevie Gerrard playing behind him helping him.


“With Robin, we know we must give him the ball to the right place and he will score like he has done all season. Everyone knows it’s important to keep him. Each club wants to keep their best players and Robin is our best player.”


Arsene Wenger was forced to concede that Arsenal were over-reliant on Van Persie to score the goals to help fire the Gunners up the table after the Dutchman struck in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Stoke after Wenger's men went behind to an early Peter Crouch goal.

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