Gunners captain Robin van Persie believes the key to goal scoring success is aiming to play every match like it’s your last while enjoying the football.
The Dutchman has been in sensational form this year with 27 Premier League goals to his name which helped him scoop up the Professional Footballers Association Player of the Year award on Sunday evening, and believes this mentality in matches has helped him become one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe.
He told Press Association Sport:
I think it is just looking at it from the basics and play every single game like it is your last.
Enjoy it and do what you always do and then the goals might come, sometimes they don’t but at least you’re playing football the way people want to see it.
Van Persie was excited to receive the top prize on Sunday night from former World Footballer of the Year and compatriot Ruud Gullit, who actually tried to keep the striker at Feyenoord before his move to England. He certainly has justified transferring to North London, and believes playing for Arsenal is a dream come true .
The 28-year-old forward also admitted that becoming the club captain last summer has not applied extra pressure as he has been a leader in the squad for a number of years, he continued:
I can’t believe it
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It is a massive dream to be standing here. Eight years ago I came from Holland. Ruud Gullit was actually on the phone asking me to stay at Feyenoord because he was becoming the new manager.
I ended up at Arsenal, which was a dream come true, and I just can’t believe that I’m standing here today.
It is just to the outside world that it (the captaincy) has been made official. But I have always been helping my team-mates out and I’m always doing my bit here and there.
On the inside people see me still as the Robin of two or three years ago and I see them like a couple of years ago.
I’m just honoured to be captain because Arsenal is a great club with a big history and with a massive fan base.
Handing Van Persie the captaincy has done the opposite of adding pressure as he has been a consistent performer all season albeit the last few matches but remains a constant threat. The Gunners have become less dependent on the Dutchman in the past couple of months with the goals shared around more, but it is imperative that he can refind his goalscoring touch in the final three matches with the Gunners without the in-form Walcott and the loss of creativity from Arteta.
Another positive of Van Persie winning the PFA award and his constant praise of Arsenal is perhaps he is leaning more and more towards extending his stay at the Emirates this summer. It’s clear to see that Arsenal are on the way up and next season they will be title contenders. The new-look team has started to gel extremely well, the defense is solid with a midfield that is loaded with talent and a great balance of finesse, style, strength and speed as well as some great attacking options. With the addition of a few new faces surely Van Persie wants to be at the forefront of a developing Arsenal side that will be a force to reckon with next season!
What do you think? Do you think Van Persie will re-sign with the Gunners this summer?