By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger has hailed Robin van Persie’s continued match fitness as the “good news of the season”.

The 25-year-old’s ability has never been questioned since his arrival at the Club in 2004 however a series of injuries restricted him from making maximum progress. This year is different.

The most starts Van Persie managed in a single season was 25 during the 2006/07 campaign. Currently on 24, the Dutchman looks set to equal that tally in tonight’s clash with Everton. And, if he were to score against the Toffees, he would equal the 13 goals he notched that season, currently his best tally.

Speaking ahead of the match, Wenger praised Van Persie and pointed out that he wasn’t just responsible for finding the net. After all, the Dutchman has seven Premier League assists this term.

“He makes goals as well,” said Wenger. “For me that is in his position as important as scoring goals.

“Having him fit is the good news of the season. We had lost Robin in the second half of the season, people forget.

“This year he has had a sustained run and you can see when he has that he scores goals.”

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28 Jan 2009