Robin van Persie will begin the quest for a second century of goals when he leads out Arsenal at Emirates Stadium tonight.

The captain joined the '100 Club' on Saturday with a brace against Bolton Wanderers and he will move ahead of Joe Baker into 16th position on our all-time scoring list if he nets against Olympiacos.

Van Persie grabbed the match ball as he left the pitch at the weekend and he feels honoured to have reached such a major milestone.

"I know all about the history of the '100 Club', I know I’m No 17 and it’s such a privilege to be part of Arsenal’s history in that way – a real honour," he told the Official Matchday Programme.

"When I had scored 82 or 83 goals I looked at the list and thought ‘this is possible’ and then I had such a good second half of last season that I knew if I stayed fit this season I would do it. It was just a big day for me, I’m so proud.

"When Theo went through [for the 100th goal], I just knew what he was going to do and it was a fantastic cross that made it an easy finish for me. More than half of that goal was Theo’s and I was joking about it with him after the game that he must have had 30 or 40 of the assists for my 100 so it was fitting that he supplied that goal.

"To be honest, I didn’t know what to do [after I scored]. I hadn’t thought about it. The start of my celebration was sort of trying to explain to everyone that the goal was my 100th, but most people seemed to know!

"I just wanted to show my appreciation for everyone, my family who have seen every goal with me – I was really pleased my son was there on Saturday - and the fans who have always been so good to me."

You can read Robin’s programme notes in tonight’s Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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28 Sep 2011