By Joe Brewin
Robin van Persie says he has always been confident in his right foot.
The Dutch international has enjoyed success with his so-called ‘chocolate leg’ this season, finding the net in style against Sunderland and Norwich in particular.
Van Persie has scored 31 Premier League goals in 29 appearances during 2011 and says experimentation is simply natural on such a run.
“The goals are going in and I’m in the zone where things are going well – balls just bounce in front of me and things are coming off, so why not try it?,” he told Arsenal.com.
“Everything with my right leg started when I was six or seven years old and did some training with it.
“I worked loads on my left foot when I was even younger – of course I was lucky to have some talent, but it came to life through hard work on the streets and in training.
“A couple of years later I did the same with my right. I knew for a very long time that my right leg was good enough, but when you’re a left-footed player and miss a chance or two with your right then maybe people think, ‘it’s his bad leg’.
“Personally I never felt that – I always felt confident, and now that seems to be coming out a bit more.
“Maybe in the past I’d choose to turn back onto my left foot, but with fitness and form you get more chances to take the odd risk here and there.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 23 Nov 2011