“Torres and Drogba are true killers” says Robin van Persie, talking to Dutch magazine Voetball International while explaining that he sees the role of central striker differently.
“I feel I am hanging a bit between a striker and a ‘shadow` striker. I am a combination of both and that’s just fine. I try to bring my own dimension to the forward position. I have now made seven assists in the league and I’m just as proud of them as my seven goals. I find it crucial to be important to the team in both aspects” the Dutchman explained.
It took him a little while to begin to get the right balance in his role at the start of this season which is something that he had worked on with Wenger.
“The coach is particularly keen that I add something to the tactical play of the team, both offensively and creatively. That I use and combine with the players around me. It is primarily meant to be I let others play better. I am also free to make my own actions in order to make myself more dangerous. It took a while before I had found the balance”
Robin says it took some time to analyse his early season contributions before finding this balance.
“The weeks before I was constantly taking defensive actions, hunting and pressurising. In the same games I missed some good chances. When I listed them, I came to the conclusion that through all that work and bustle I had missed the primary focus of my role. The coach thought the same thing, he said I had my moments to make better choices. In recent weeks I think it is all better balanced.”
Explaining that it isn`t just about the number of goals but decisive moments in the game van Persie told the magazine that he was most proud of the moves that effect the game.
“Those are the goals and moves that were decisive. The points winners. As an example I am talking the assist for Cesc Fabregas against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the third goal which meant the victory was safe. I have this season also a couple of times made the opening goal.”
Van Persie doesn`t yet see himself as a top striker feeling that he still misses too many opportunities but believes he is still developing the role – his way.
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