By Richard Clarke
Robin van Persie is not prepared to be labelled 'the new Thierry Henry'.
Arsenal's record goalscorer left for Barcelona in June and, with the new season looming, questions still remain as to how Arsène Wenger will fully replace that steady stream of goals.
Eduardo and Nicklas Bendtner have been brought in to supplement the forward department and, most noticeably, a fit-again Van Persie produced a timely strike against Inter on Sunday to win the Emirates Cup. However he shuns the direct expectation of filling Henry's boots.
"I have been asked this question many times," said the Dutchman. "Personally I feel it puts pressure on yourself. For me that is too risky.
"Thierry played so many years for Arsenal and won so many things - big trophies. I understand the press will pick out two players but you can't really compare us.
"When we have achieved big things for Arsenal we did it together. Yes he was usually the one scoring the goals but it is not about the fact that he has left that I am saying to myself I have to fulfill all those things.
"Thierry is Thierry, I am Robin van Persie who plays for Arsenal in a team. I am not a tennis player who does it on their own, I am a football player in a team and we achieve things together."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 2 Aug 2007