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RvP Hates Not Scoring But Loves Vermaelen

RvP Hates Not Scoring But Loves Vermaelen

Robin van Persie believes he should be scoring more goals, though it's not so much of a problem as long as the goals are coming from all over the pitch.

Arsenal's leading goal scorer for the 2008/09 campaign has only found the back of the net once in five appearances for the Gunners so far this season despite his team mates banging them in from all angles (using all body parts), and whilst the Dutchman thinks he should be scoring more, he doesn't think it's such a big deal so long as the team continues to gel and creates goals from other areas.

'I'm quite happy with that [the distribution of goals throughout the team] but I should score more personally, especially against Wigan. But as long as we share the goals and everyone is passing at the right moment I am happy.

'But I don't feel that I'm at the top of my game as a main striker yet. I have to improve on many things but it is quite new and the main thing is that the boss really backs me on this one.'

Speaking of Rob being happy with his team mates finding the net, the (surprise) leading goal scorer for us so far this season is Arsenal new boy (and I think someone forgot to tell him he's a defender) is Thomas Vermaelen ..... and van Persie is very happy they're on the same team after an altercation in a pre-season tournament a couple of years ago.

'He is hard and played very strong on me physically, I was a little bit upset about that. So I told him in nice words!'

Now I'm happy he is on my side now. In training everyone mixes up so I play against him. He is tough and it's good because I am training against proper defenders.'

And the returning to the theme of goal scoring team-mates Van Persie showed his admiration for Vermaelen's brace against Wigan last Saturday.

'The first one showed he is very, very strong from corners and free kicks and that is very important for us.

Even if we play badly we can always score from set pieces. I would have been proud of his second goal."

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Date:Monday September 21 2009
Time: 3:10PM


Is everyone else happy with RVP playing at the centre of the forward three? I personally would like to see Nicky there and Robin on one of the wider roles. That might give him a bit of the freedom he needs to find the pockets he's used to. Saying that, I'm still trying to fully understand the practical workings of the tactic so I might be off the mark.
21/09/2009 15:29:00
A season or so back we were complaining that we didn't get enough goals from midfield and set pieces. Now we don't get enough from the strikers. It maybe that none of our forwards will win the golden boot this season but they'll get their share of goals. The individual trophies are just lip gloss.
21/09/2009 15:35:00
van Persie will find goal scoring form, he always does and as long as he does before the goals dry up from other areas then everything will be working wonderfully. I also think the that returns of Rosicky Walcott, Arshavin and Nasri (when ever they may occur) will also improve our goal out put.
21/09/2009 15:51:00
Robin will come good. He has the quality, and the quality always shines through. I wouldn't bet against him banging in 20+
21/09/2009 15:58:00
Agreed GM - If we keep up this scoring rate he'll be top of the charts in no time at all. I think that with him playing the role of the lead striker it attracts the attention of more defenders, but then that does leave the gate open for other players to get in there. By simply having a respected reputation as a goal scorer he's helping the team to create space.
21/09/2009 16:07:00
He has got 4 assists and hit the woodwork twice. Goals will come soon
21/09/2009 16:36:00
Felt badly for RVP on Saturday, he was so frustrated and tried so damned hard--but the goals will come! Was also worried about Cesc's demeanor, I just hope it was about his frustration at his performance and injury as a result of being kicked around by opponents. And I'd just like to say that I am absolutely madly in love with the Verminator.
21/09/2009 16:57:00
You're madly in love with The Verm, Jaelle? I hope you've informed Gunnerblood that you two are no longer an item. :)
21/09/2009 17:29:00
Me too Jaelle, me too! Back on RvP, the sooner he ends his love affair with the woodwork the better. As you guys said, this guy's a natural and the quality will come through on the scoresheet. I'm not bothered by it at all. Rather worried that we conceded quite a few goals lately while our CB's have been playing well. That said, I thought Clichy put in a much better shift against Wigan, but then we need to see him against stronger opposition to tell if he's back on track.
21/09/2009 17:31:00
Rocky, my hopes for an affair with GB ended when he mentioned his girlfriend, that just won't do! :-) Clichy did look better on Saturday but I still worry about him. Never thought I'd say this but Eboue's become such an exciting player to watch (sans the silly dives and handballs).
21/09/2009 17:56:00
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