By Joe Brewin
Mikel Arteta has hailed Robin van Persie’s goalscoring exploits after the striker reached another milestone on Saturday.
Van Persie set a new Club record of 35 Premier League goals in a calendar year with his winner against QPR, one more than Thierry Henry achieved in 2004.
The Dutchman fell one shy of Alan Shearer’s all-time record but Arteta believes his team-mate’s achievements are something to behold.
“He could have scored more!” joked the midfielder. “It's obviously something massive to beat the record like that at a club like Arsenal with this history. It's not a small thing.
“You need to have that in your mind if you want to be ambitious but thankfully it's gone now and that might take a bit of pressure off.
“He can keep scoring the goals, he has been fantastic. Nobody else has been as helpful for the team as he's been.”
Henry watched from the stands on Saturday ahead of his proposed loan move back to Emirates Stadium as Van Persie set a new mark in the Club’s history.
The record goalscorer has trained with Arsène Wenger’s first team since the middle of November and Arteta is sure the striker would be a positive addition.
“I've always been a big admirer of him, when he was playing here and at Barcelona,” said the summer signing. “It's great to have him around with his experience and his talent - I'm sure he's going to be really helpful.
“He's very good. He's very close with everyone, he's talking with all the lads and has a very, very good attitude.
“I heard a lot of things about him and his character and for being so brave to come back here with the name he has is not easy. He's putting his name on the line yet again and I think that's brave.
“He has the quality and the talent for sure. I don't know how he is physically to play 90 minutes, 60 minutes, 30 or whatever he needs but I think with his experience he can manage that no problem.”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 1 Jan 2012