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Arsenal captain van Persie relishing solo role

Arsenal captain van Persie relishing solo role

Arsenal's captain Robin van Persie admitted that he initially was concerned that Arsene Wenger wanted to play the Dutchman as a solo striker, but now is happy playing in that role for the Gunners.

Van Persie is currently top league goalscorer this year, and has also been impressive for the national team of Holland.

“I was hoping to play as a second striker. I never thought I would end up as a main striker,” van Persie said.

“We only tried it when Adebayor went. The boss didn’t buy anyone else. He was convinced I could do it but I wasn’t.

“In my first five or six games I was making assists but I didn’t score and I thought, ‘I am a main striker now, I need to score’.

“When I scored my first goal I then scored seven in seven, with seven assists