By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger says Robin van Persie’s goalscoring exploits since he joined Club prove that the Dutch striker is a world-class performer.

The Arsenal captain is approaching his eighth anniversary in north London and his brace against Aston Villa on Sunday brought him level with Dennis Bergkamp on 120 goals.

Van Persie is now joint 10th in the Club’s all-time record goalscorer list and Wenger says his captain - who was hampered by injury problems earlier in his Arsenal career - is truly part of the game’s elite.

"What is amazing is that you look at the number of games Robin has played and the number of goals scored, and [his record] becomes absolutely top, top class,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“You have national class, international class and world class, and Robin is world class.”

See the full interview with the manager on Arsenal Player.

All-time leading goalscorers
Name Starts Subs Total Apps Goals
Thierry Henry 337 36 373 227
Ian Wright 279 9 288 185
Cliff Bastin 396 0 396 178
John Radford 475 6 481 149
Ted Drake 184 0 184 139
Jimmy Brain 232 0 232 139
Doug Lishman 244 0 244 137
Joe Hulme 374 0 374 125
David Jack 208 0 208 124
Robin van Persie 192 67 259 120
Dennis Bergkamp 345 78 423 120
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