Robin van Persie has equalled the record of 18 goals scored in a season from January 1 onwards held by Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Dutchman has been in prolific form since the turn of the year and his late charge took him to within two goals of the Premier League's joint-top scorers - Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez.

VAN PERSIE GOALS SINCE JANUARY 1 2011
Date Competition Opposition H/A/N W/D/L F A Van Persie goals
22-05-2011 Premier League Fulham A D 2 2 1
15-05-2011 Premier League Aston Villa H L 1 2 1
08-05-2011 Premier League Stoke City A L 1 3 1
01-05-2011 Premier League Manchester Utd H W 1 0 -
24-04-2011 Premier League Bolton Wanderers A L 1 2 1
20-04-2011 Premier League Tottenham Hotspur A D 3 3 1
17-04-2011 Premier League Liverpool H D 1 1 1
10-04-2011 Premier League Blackpool A W 3 1 1
02-04-2011 Premier League Blackburn Rovers H D 0 0 -
19-03-2011 Premier League W.B.A. A D 2 2 1
05-03-2011 Premier League Sunderland H D 0 0 -
23-02-2011 Premier League Stoke City H W 1 0 -
12-02-2011 Premier League Wolverhampton W. H W 2 0 2
05-02-2011 Premier League Newcastle Utd A D 4 4 2
01-02-2011 Premier League Everton H W 2 0 -
22-01-2011 Premier League Wigan Athletic H W 3 0 3
15-01-2011 Premier League West Ham Utd A W 3 0 2
05-01-2011 Premier League Manchester City H D 0 0 -
01-01-2011 Premier League Birmingham City A W 3 0 1

Van Persie has also extended his Premier League record by scoring in a ninth successive away match.

The previous record holder was Chelsea's Didier Drogba with goals in six successive away games between August and November 2009.

Scroll down for Van Persie's unprecedented scoring run:

VAN PERSIE AWAY SCORING RECORD
Date Competition Opposition H/A/N W/D/L F A Van Persie goals
22-05-2011 Premier League Fulham A D 2 2 1
08-05-2011 Premier League Stoke City A L 1 3 1
24-04-2011 Premier League Bolton Wanderers A L 1 2 1
20-04-2011 Premier League Tottenham Hotspur A D 3 3 1
10-04-2011 Premier League Blackpool A W 3 1 1
19-03-2011 Premier League W.B.A. A D 2 2 1
05-02-2011 Premier League Newcastle Utd A D 4 4 2
15-01-2011 Premier League West Ham Utd A W 3 0 2
01-01-2011 Premier League Birmingham City A W 3 0 1
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