By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger will not allow sentiment to play any part in his team selections - even though Robin van Persie is aiming for the Premier League goals record.

The Dutchman needs to score three times against QPR in the final match of 2011 to beat Alan Shearer’s landmark of 36 goals in a calendar year, but Wenger says the good of the team must come first.

“I believe what is important is that the team win the games. Robin is the leader of this team and the leader of the club at the moment. He will remembered for how far he takes the team,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“People will forget the record but people will remember how he has led the team.

“I should not put any pressure on him. There is enough on him at the moment that you should not add any. He just has to enjoy his football and lead the team as he does.”

See the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal Player.

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30 Dec 2011