Robin van Persie ‘honoured’ to equal Thierry Henry’s Arsenal tally
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is thrilled to equal Thierry Henry's record of goals scored in a calendar year
Robin van Persie admits he is “honoured” to have equalled Thierry Henry’s record of scoring 34 goals in a calendar year for Arsenal.
The Arsenal captain tucked away a first-half penalty to fire the Gunners into the lead at Villa Park on Wednesday, netting his 20th goal of the season for his club.
Van Persie will have the chance to break the record set by Arsenal’s all-time top goalscorer in home games against Wolves and QPR before the turn of the year – but he insists such milestones are never his priority.
“It’s a big honour because Thierry is probably the best player Arsenal ever had and to achieve that in a year is really special,” Van Persie told Arsenal’s website.
“I am really proud but it is not my main target. But as it has happened, of course I am really happy.”
The 28-year-old Dutchman is currently leading the way in the race for the Premier League golden boot with 16 goals so far this season, and the striker believes his stunning form is simply down to being able to enjoy an injury-free run in Arsène Wenger’s first-team.
He continued: “I didn’t miss one Premier League game [this year], and in most games I played 90 minutes, so when you have a good run and feel fresh and fit you try things.
“You take a few more risks than perhaps you would when you are coming back from injury. When you don’t have a run, you don’t really try things.
“As a striker it is really important to have a go. If you feel like having a chip or cutting the ball instead of shooting [you should do it].
“If you look at my performances, I take more risks now because I know that, with the team I have behind me, I will get more chances. It’s not as if I will only get one chance – I always get one, two, three maybe four in a game, so I can take a risk here and there.”