By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger admits that Arsenal have been reliant on Robin van Persie for goals - and he wants his other strikers to contribute when their chance comes.

The Arsenal captain is enjoying a purple patch in front of the posts, netting 12 times in his last eight appearances to keep the likes of Marouane Chamakh and Ju Young Park out of the starting line-up.

Van Persie's potency has become a major weapon for Arsenal but Wenger knows that the Dutchman's run will not last for ever with form and fitness liable to go down as well as up. If the Dutchman's level drops, it will be up to others to fill the void.

"We are reliant on Robin, of course, because he scores many goals," said Wenger. "That’s what you want from your strikers.

"We have cover for Robin because we have Chamakh and Park, who I think are quality but at the moment they are not getting the opportunities because Robin is in such fantastic form.

"It will be up to them to show they can take the relay when needed because the season is long and we play in many competitions, hopefully for a long time. Everybody will get a chance.

"I believe that players like Gervinho, Walcott, Arshavin and Ramsey will score goals as well. But at the moment they are more in the providing zone. I am confident that in the near future, some others will score goals as well."

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25 Nov 2011