Robin van Persie cracks Premier League Top 10 scorers list

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Robin van Persie's latest goal-scoring exploits have seen him crack the top 10 highest Premier League scorers list.

The Dutchman's double against Southampton put him on to 140 goals since moving to Arsenal from Feyenoord in 2004. In spite of a series of injury problems, Van Persie finally found a consistent run of games at Arsenal in 2011 and finished his time at the club with 97 goals in 192 games including 30 in 38 in his final season at the Emirates.

The 31-year-old continued his good form after a £24 million move north and has so far managed 44 goals in 73 appearances.

9 - Teddy Sheringham (146)

Sheringham enjoyed a long Premier League career lasting from 1992 until 2007 - by which time he was 41 years old and had bagged 146 goals in 418 appearances.

The former England international enjoyed two spells at Tottenham, racking up 97 goals in 242 games. However his most successful Premier League stay was at Old Trafford, where he won the treble in 1999. Sheringham spent three Premier League seasons after Spurs with Portsmouth and West Ham.

8 - Les Ferdinand (149)

The nomadic striker just beats Sheringham into eighth with 149 goals in only 351 appearances.

Ferdinand's best spell came in the early years of the Premier League; he managed 60 goals in 111 appearances at Queens Park Rangers and continued his fine form at St James' Park with 41 in 69. A move to Tottenham however saw the striker lose his golden touch from which he never recovered despite taking in spells with West Ham, Leicester and Bolton.

7 - Michael Owen (150)

Owen burst onto the scene with Liverpool and managed 118 of his 150 goals at Anfield. An unsuccessful season with Real Madrid ended with a Premier League return to Newcastle, however injuries took their toll and the former boy wonder managed just 26 goals in 84 games.

After his time in the north-east Owen spent three seasons at Manchester United and one a final season with Stoke but managed just six goals for the two sides.

6 - Robbie Fowler (163) 

Where Robbie Fowler went trouble usually followed, but so did goals. The legendary striker managed 163 goals in 379 games.

Fowler took in two spells at Anfield where he became a Kop hero with 128 goals. However, he was never able replicate his form for Leeds or Manchester City and finished his Premier League career with Blackburn in 2009.

5 - Frank Lampard (174)

The 36-year-old is the only midfielder on the list and enjoyed his best years in a Chelsea shirt, scoring 147 of his 174 goals.

The former England international started his Premier League career at West Ham and is currently enjoying a loan spell with Manchester City before moving abroad to the newly formed MLS team New York City FC.

4 - Thierry Henry (175)

The Frenchman scored all 175 of his goals in an Arsenal shirt in an incredible 258 matches. After moves abroad the much-loved striker returned north London in 2012 on loan but could only manage one more goal in eight appearances.

3 - Wayne Rooney (178)

Rooney has had turbulent seasons at Manchester United and Everton but sits third on the list with 178 goals.

His two seasons as an Everton youngster saw him earn a £30 million move to Old Trafford where he has 163 goals in 346 games.

2 - Andrew Cole (187)

Cole enjoyed a fantastic run of form in the 1990s which has seen him bag 187 goals in 414 appearances. The striker netted 43 goals in 58 appearances at Newcastle before a highly successful move to Old Trafford saw him score 93 goals in 229 appearances.

After leaving Manchester, short spells at Blackburn, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Sunderland followed but he struggled to regain his form of the previous decade.

1 - Alan Shearer (260)

The beloved Englishman sits clear at the top of the list with an incredible 260 goals.

Shearer spent four successful years at Blackburn and managed 112 goals in 144 games before a record £15 million move to Newcastle where he grabbed his other 148 goals in 311 appearances.

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