By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger admits he is finding it almost impossible to rotate Robin van Persie at the moment.
The Arsenal striker has enjoyed an incredible run in this calendar year and, if it were possible, has become even important to his Club side.
The 28-year-old has rattled up 28 goals in 35 games in all competitions during 2011 and, as captain, is leading his team in every sense.
Ahead of the home game with Stoke on Sunday, Wenger admitted he would like to give the Dutchman a breather but has struggled to find an opportunity.
"It is a difficult decision to make at the moment," said the manager. "But I will have to do it.
"On Monday I decide always to rest him and on Friday I play him again.
"I don't know about Sunday. We will assess everybody on Saturday morning, then I'll make the decision on the day. But I will have to rotate a little bit.
"Robin has scored 28 goals in 35 games so you always have that dilemma. This season he is certainly [the best all-round striker in the Premier League] and, in the last six months, certainly the most efficient.
"You like Robin because he's not a typical goal-scorer. When you see him play it never comes to your mind that this guy is a goal-scorer. And then you look at the record and think he's not only a good player, he's a top-class goal-scorer as well.
"For all the other goal-scorers you do the opposite. You think they do not contribute too much to the game but they score the goals. For him you look and say 'this is a good player'. And then you see that he scores as well goals."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