By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger says Robin van Persie’s role in the Arsenal team is now set in stone.

The striker hit a hat-trick in Saturday’s stunning 5-3 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to help the Gunners climb the Premier League table once again.

Van Persie’s treble continues an incredible run of goalscoring form and has vindicated Wenger’s decision to alter the Dutchman’s position when Arsenal first adopted a 4-3-3 formation.

“Robin has scored 28 in 27 games and still people tell me he is not a centre forward,” Wenger said. “How many goals does a centre forward have to score?

“We are a team that goes forward a lot and players spend a lot of time in the final third.

“His movement is exceptional and his confidence is so high that he takes advantages of all situations. I believe that the captaincy has helped too.”

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