By Rob Kelly
Robin van Persie admits that he sometimes plans goal celebrations with his Arsenal team-mates - but then forgets them during matches!
The Dutch striker has had plenty of practice after netting 34 goals in 35 league matches in 2011, but says he is not as reliable when it comes to the party pieces he occasionally prepares with the squad.
"Only a couple of times when my kids were born did we speak about the celebrations," Van Persie told Arsenal Player before Christmas. "When Dina was just a couple of weeks old we said we would do the dummy or something like that.
"But besides that, people tell me I have to do this or that. Kieran Gibbs said to me last week that he had a really good one and that I had to do a funny one. Sometimes I say yes and I do promise it, but then I forget. You never know what you will do."
Two of Van Persie's most memorable celebrations this season came after his goals in Arsenal's 2-1 victory against Norwich in November, when he first swung an imaginary golf club and then did a chipping signal with his hand.
"It came up because I chipped [the ball for the second goal] and just wanted to make sure that everybody knew. Only joking!" Van Persie said.
"Me and Theo always speak about golf and sometimes play. Theo, by the way, is much better than me, but we do like it. Suddenly when I scored, he had a perfect cross and I had a tap-in, [the celebration for the first goal] was out of nothing really. We didn't really speak about it beforehand, it was just natural."
Watch the full interview with Robin on Arsenal Player now.Copyright 2014 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 28 Dec 2011