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RvP looking to be effective

"Torres and Drogba are true killers" says Robin van Persie, talking to Dutch magazine Voetball International while explaining that he sees the role of central striker differently.

"I feel I am hanging a bit between a striker and a 'shadow` striker. I am a combination of both and that's just fine. I try to bring my own dimension to the forward position. I have now made seven assists in the league and I'm just as proud of them as my seven goals. I find it crucial to be important to the team in both aspects" the Dutchman explained.

It took him a little while to begin to get the right balance in his role at the start of this season which is something that he had worked on with Wenger.

"The coach is particularly keen that I add something to the tactical play of the team, both offensively and creatively. That I use and combine with the players around me. It is primarily meant to be I let others play better. I am also free to make my own actions in order to make myself more dangerous. It took a while before I had found the balance"

Robin says it took some time to analyse his early season contributions before finding this balance.

"The weeks before I was constantly taking defensive actions, hunting and pressurising. In the same games I missed some good chances. When I listed them, I came to the conclusion that through all that work and bustle I had missed the primary focus of my role. The coach thought the same thing, he said I had my moments to make better choices. In recent weeks I think it is all better balanced."

Explaining that it isn`t just about the number of goals but decisive moments in the game van Persie told the magazine that he was most proud of the moves that effect the game.

"Those are the goals and moves that were decisive. The points winners. As an example I am talking the assist for Cesc Fabregas against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the third goal which meant the victory was safe. I have this season also a couple of times made the opening goal."

Van Persie doesn`t yet see himself as a top striker feeling that he still misses too many opportunities but believes he is still developing the role - his way.



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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 12 2009

Time: 9:57AM

Your Comments

For me, Robin has been our most improved player this season (followed closely by Alex Song). He has really taken on some responsibility and he is playing with more maturity. He has obviously worked hard on his heading and ability to hold up the ball, which he has needed to do more in this formation.
navydave
He's adapted a lot quicker then a lot of players would have. He's become very dangerous infront of goal and he's always had the ability to assist. He earnt that POTM award and i'm super proud to have a player of his calibre on our team.
FuiKaka
I think he still under-values how good he is.
Tom14
Makes a change eh Tom!
navydave
To be fair, the entire team has matured and improved in varying degrees. RvP is a delightful player and oozes humility (reason he appears to 'undervalue' his talent) which is a powerful quality. On another note, it is refreshing to see that Arsenal players are starting to get recognition, for a change (from last season); RvP is Barclays POTM, ran close by Fabregas , Bendtner is Danish Player of the year and TV is his country's captain. I believe Arshavin got some award too, not long ago. There will still be more to come, which to me, evidences title winning credentials, if we sustain such persoanl performances over the season. It is looking good, I tell you.
Naijagunner
Naija, good point, but I'm still furious that the English media gave no attention to Cesc's moment of individual brilliance against Spurs. It tells you something about RVP's improvement when a hater like Myles Palmer actually starts to praise him. Palmer has ridiculed RVP routinely for years. Lately he's been eating humble pie. Can't praise RVP enuf. I'd be interested in a discussion comparing RVP with other PL strikers like Torres and Drogba. In a recent match report by LD he made one or two comments comparing them and would like to read more opinions on the subject.
jaelle
The English media? Only -ve Arsenal news is 'news' for them. Did you see the Kung-fu kick on Drogba by Evans, in the Chelsea v Man U game? Or the dive by Ngog? Replace those names with any Gunner and there's a story for the tabloids' two weeks' run. On the subject of strikers, I feel Drogba and Torres are direct, out & out strikers, with eyes only for the goal (save for Drogba who gives the odd assist); they both bully defenders-remember Senderos and recently, Rio?- and are good in the air. RvP is consummate, sharp & comfortable on the ball; aware,even with his back to goal and has eyes for the whole team. Take a look at his assists stats. For me, while Drog and El Nino appear to have played to their potentials, RvP is always improving, hence he has surprised the likes of Palmer. All 3 are good strikers, though. Now, J.Defoe and C. Cole are up-coming strikers that have some quality, up front, which any side will find useful. Not many will share that view, however.
Naijagunner
Naija, great comments. It's how I see RVP too -- he's got a greater variety of skills and can only improve and sharpen them. Not to say I dismiss Drogba and Torres, hardly (I esp. love Torres). As for Ngog -- actually I DO think the English media have fixated on him just as much as they did with Eduardo and I don't think they would've if it had been Gerrard who'd dived. The hypocrisy is demonstrated precisely with the total acceptance of Evans' deliberate assault on Drogba which was a clear red card and has now resulted in injury to Drogba and his recusal from an Ivory Coast game this weekend. Since no one likes Drogba and Evans is a nice British lad, it's all perfectly fine with the media. If Drogba or an Arsenal player had done that to Rooney or Gerard we'd never hear the end of it. The anti-diving hysteria in England goes into full drive rage only when it's a foreign player in a top 4 team (except Man Utd), and esp. when it's an Arsenal player. Otherwise, they just ignore it.
jaelle
Can't agree more with you Jaelle. Your comments are spot on. Amazing, but not surprising contrasts.
Naijagunner
Drogba actually leads the assists charts so far, so he's on fire. RvP is a very different striker, so I'm not sure we will do justice by comparing only goals scored and assists. RvP suits the Arsenal formation very well, in the same way that Drogba suits Chelsea. Its amazing how well RvP has adjusted his game to our new formation, so that shows his quality.
prits
Good points. Its a lot easier to compare Drogba and Torrest, then comparing either of them to RVP. I think the best "striker" in the league is Torres. His ability within the 18 yard box is almost the best i've ever seen. RVP is a huge team player.
FuiKaka
Have we jinxed him. Looks like a while out with a reported ankle strain. 6 weeks has been mentioned.
paul_ownz
moot point now as rvp is out for the rest of the season with no bendtner as well. we have nobody upfront
operationmindcrime
hate to say it guys but i think thats the end of our season, 4th place security should be our main aim now
operationmindcrime
Where have you heard that he's out for the season? I keep hearing that he's going to have tests tomorrow.
DBerg
broken ankle and ligament damages. nice one. arsene will be nicely *****ed. we still have an abundance of attacking players. hush this talk of 4th place!!!
kabadiawara
Looks like Arsene may have to part with a few pounds in January to shore up your offence.
bluesnozza
Both RvP and Bendtner will be back in January, we really need someone before then, let's hope Eduardo can do a job for a couple of months.
bowiecokemirror
Hopefully we will get Walcott and Vela back in the next few weeks as well
bowiecokemirror
Poor Arsenal... longer the his out the better!!!! best news of the weekend!!!!!
E17YID
he* is**
E17YID
4th looking hmm i don know hehe
Uskok
 

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