By Joe Brewin
Robin van Persie admits there was no better role model for him to look up to than Dennis Bergkamp.
Bergkamp is also a member of Arsenal’s golden ‘100 Club’ with 120 goals to his name in a Gunners shirt, currently standing 10th on the list of the Club’s top marksmen.
Van Persie was added to the Dutch contingent at the Club in 2004 from Eredivisie outfit Feyenoord and revealed that one of his first actions was to watch the master at work.
“The first thing I did was watch the video of Dennis' best 100 goals, and I was like, 'wow',” the striker said.
“In my first season I scored five league goals and a couple in the Carling Cup and FA Cup. I thought it would take me 10 years.
“I didn't really start to think about it until I scored my 82nd, 83rd, 84th goals and then realised I only needed 16 more to achieve that."Copyright 2017 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