By Joe Brewin

Robin van Persie believes the assists of Theo Walcott should be recognised just as much as his goals.

The Dutchman has been in sensational form this season, netting 10 times in his last five Premier League matches to propel Arsène Wenger’s side back up the table.

But captain Van Persie says the contributions of team-mate Walcott are the fuel that keeps his fire burning.

“Theo has given me more assists than anyone else this year,” he told “I’ve certainly noticed it and that’s why I really liked the fact that he gave me the ball for my 100th goal – it was meant to be!

“Hopefully I can give him some proper assists as well, because as a striker I believe assists are just as important as the goals you score.

“Theo’s assists aren’t lucky – they’re proper assists, down to good movements, good actions, good final balls. For me that’s perhaps even more important than a goal.

“For example, I look back at my first goal against Chelsea and don’t really feel that it’s mine - it’s 95 per cent down to Gervinho. And my first goal against Norwich was 90 per cent Theo’s – a fantastic first touch, great pace, good cross and bang, I tap it in.

“OK, it goes in my name, but that’s a tiny part of the story. I do appreciate that, and hopefully I can give him and all the other guys just as much back.

“Don’t forget Aaron,” Van Persie added. “He was a bit unlucky against Norwich as he should probably have been passed to on a couple of occasions when he’d shown great movement to get into good positions.

“I should definitely have given him one ball, looking at it again, and there were other times too. If he keeps going that, though, he’ll score goals.”

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23 Nov 2011