RvP proud to match Henry record

But the prolific van Persie is adamant helping Arsenal be

successful is more important than any personal glory. The Dutchman

has scored 34 times in 2011 and has two matches left this year to

surpass the all-time Premier League record of 36 goals by Alan

Shearer in 1995. Van Persie, who equalled Henry’s tally with his

penalty in the win at Aston Villa, said: “It is a big honour to

equal Thierry’s record because he is probably the best player

Arsenal ever had. “To achieve what he did in a year is really

special. It makes me proud. “I think it has helped that I haven’t

missed a single Premier League game and featured for 90 minutes in

most of them. “When you have a good run, and you feel fresh and

fit, you try things, you take more risks here and there than, for

example, if you are just coming back from injury. “You always need

a couple of games (to get fully sharp) when you’re back from

injury. “As a striker I think it is really important to have a go.

If you look at my performances, I take more risks now because I

know with the team behind me I will always get more chances. “It’s

not that I only get one chance normally, I always get one, two,

three, sometimes four chances in a game. That sort of tells me that

I can take a risk here and there. But van Persie stressed: “It (the

scoring records) is not my main target. The main target is to win

games and to help my team out and to have a good run. “After losing

to Manchester City, it is always really important to bounce back

after a defeat. Great teams do bounce back and that’s what we had

to do at Villa on Wednesday. “Now we have Wolves on Tuesday, then

afterwards QPR both at home, so hopefully we can have a good run

again.” Van Persie is also adamant he takes pleasure from creating

as well as scoring goals for the Gunners, for whom he has netted 47

times in 55 games in all competitions during 2011. He said: “I want

to help my team, I want to help them with assists, help them with

goals, help them with good football. “In some games, that means

holding the ball when we’re struggling. “For me it is not just

scoring. Football is more for me than just scoring the ball in the

back of the net. “I think football can give you much more than to

score. For example at Villa I put a nice pass through to Aaron

Ramsey. I do enjoy that as much as a goal.” Van Persie is quick to

praise Arsenal for recovering from a poor start to the season. He

said: “Maybe I am a little bit surprised we have done so well since

then. But we had to get used to new players as well. “To be fair I

have to give lots of credits to Mikel (Arteta), Per (Mertesacker),

Thomas Vermaelen, Yossi (Benayoun) as well. They are great

characters and they’re really helpful in every area. “They picked

it up very well and I do need assistance, they are always helping

me. “For example, Mikel played seven years at Everton, two years at

Rangers. You can tell that he is an experienced player. “Yossi is

similar and Per Mertesacker played 80 games for Germany so that

really helped.”