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."