By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger believes Robin van Persie broke the Club's all-time record for Premier League goals in a calendar year because he was relaxed.

The Arsenal manager felt that his captain may have tried too hard to beat Alan Shearer's tally on a frustrating afternoon against Wolves on December 27.

But against QPR on Saturday, Van Persie was back on the goal trail again as he scored a 60th-minute winner. It was his 35th strike in the competition during 2011, overtaking Thierry Henry's previous best for the Club.

“I spoke with him before the game and he said he accepts that what comes, comes," said Wenger.

"Against Wolves, yes [he did try too hard to break the scoring record] but today he just tried to get the chances, there was no easy opportunity.

"When he scored it was the easiest chance [of the match] because the other one was on his right foot.

"Against Wolves he had two or three chances when with his first touch, the ball came back. But today, he was quite relaxed."

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