The striker equalled the record with a perfect penalty kick that gave the gunners the lead against Aston Villa on Wednesday which Arsenal eventually won 2-1.
The Dutchman now has two matches remaining in 2011 to try and obtain the all-time record in the Premier League of 36 goals which is held by legend Alan Shearer and with his current form no-one would put it passed him not too.
Van Persie said on the situation:
It is a big honour because Thierry is probably the best player Arsenal ever had. It makes me proud but I don’t want to jinx myself. I know about it [Shearer’s record] but I think you have to look at football from the basics. If you do your basics right and if you play well, especially as a main striker, you will get your goals.
I didn’t miss one Premier League game, when you have a good run and you feel fresh and fit, you try things. You take more risks than just coming back from injury.
As a striker I think it is really important to have a go if you feel sometimes to have a chip or cut it instead of shooting. I take more risks now because I know with the team behind me I will always get more chances. I always get one, two, three, sometimes four chances in a game. That tells me that I can take a risk here and there.
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Football is more for me than just putting the ball in the back of the net. I think football can give you much more than to score.
For example on Wednesday I had a nice pass to Aaron Ramsey [that split Aston Villa’s defence]. I enjoy that as much as a goal.
I just love to play. I experienced three other captains and they were great captains. Patrick Vieira I had for one year, after that Thierry, after that Cesc [Fabregas] and, in between [William] Gallas. But especially those three were really good captains who I learnt a lot from.
For us Arsenal fans, no doubt we will be spurring the Dutchman on in the two upcoming home games to try and eclipse Alan Shearer’s record. A good quote from Arsene Wenger in April 2010 sums up Van Persie’s career to date. I am definitely glad to see the second part of Arsene’s prediction came true. The Dutchman truly deserves it after a remarkable year.
The biggest frustration was that he had started to compete as one of the best players in the world and suddenly he was out. I am convinced you would have talked about Robin van Persie alongside Messi, Ronaldo and Rooney. I am sure.