Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Tuesday July 31 2007
Despite being the top dog in Arsenal's attack this season Arsenal's flying Dutchman says he isn't interested in scoring 15 or 20 goals, just in playing for his team.
Van Persie is now Arsenal's 'big dog' up front, something that you might expect for a players at talented as Van Persie, but consider that this fantastic player is just 23-years-old. Pretty impressive now isn't it?
It's all eyes on the young Dutchman and Eduardo Da Silva to bring the goals for Arsenal next season after Arsenal's record goalscorer, who shall remian nameless, departed for Barcelona.
Robin could easily have been in the race to be The Premiership's top striker, had his season not ended in January after scoring a vital goal against Manchester United. 11 goals in 17 Premiership games is impressive by anyone's standard, but when that player is not an out-and-out striker, wasn't first choice for all the games he played in and was played out on the wing in a fair few games, that becomes an awesome stat.
You'd think all that adds up to a fair bit of pressure on Van Persie to bring Arsenal the goals needed to secure silverware.
But no, not our Rob:'No, I don't feel the pressure at all,' he said.
'It's not my aim to be the top scorer. My aim is to play good football with this team. I think we showed that against Inter.
'A lot of players are saying ‘oh, I have to be the top scorer’. But for me the first thing is to play football. Of course there are lots of responsibilities because you are playing in front of 60,000 people.
'You play to win things, yes. But I play football because I like it. I will destroy that feeling if I say to myself I have to score at least 20 goals or 15 goals.
'Things have to come out of nothing and this is what happened against Inter. I wasn't expecting that goal. It just came out of nothing.'
Date:Tuesday July 31 2007
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