By Nick Ames
Robin van Persie’s rich vein of scoring form continues to astonish - but the Dutchman is more concerned with improving other areas of his game.
A match-winning brace against Liverpool took his seasonal total to 31 with at least 12 games still to play, but the Arsenal captain prefers to work on eradicating mistakes in general play instead of basking in glory.
“While it was nice on a personal level to score another two goals, I don’t really sit down and reflect on the figures," he told the Official Matchday Programme. "There’s too much else to do, and you can’t dwell on things because there is always room for improvement.
"I lost a couple of balls in the midfield area on Saturday that I shouldn’t have, so I’m more interested in focusing on how to avoid that next time.”
Van Persie’s all-round contribution to Arsenal’s play has often been just as valuable as his prowess in front of goal, and he says that his quest for improvement is unstinting.
“You always want to get the maximum out of your game - to make assists, to score goals, to be strong on the ball, to combine well with your team-mates and bring all these things together,” he explained.
“It’s rare that you can achieve it, but it has to be what you aim for and it’s more important than pursuing one target."
- Read Robin's captain's notes in Tuesday's Official Matchday Programme. Click here to subscribe