Robin van Persie says he had been thinking about his 100 Arsenal goal milestone for some time before it happened.
Speaking to the BBC after the game, the Arsenal skipper said, “It makes me very proud, I’m number 17 in Arsenal’s history to score 100 goals, which is a big achievement.
“I started thinking about it when I scored my 82nd, my 83rd goal, I was looking ahead and thinking ‘Oh, this might be possible’. So today’s the day and it makes me proud.”
Today’s match ball will be added to Robin’s memento collection. “I went straight to the ref and asked him, and he said, ‘of course’. The ball will get a nice place in my living room”.
And while the fans have been full of praise for van Persie’s scoring form, the captain was equally fulsome in his praise of the fans.
“The fans were amazing again. Of course for them it’s a hard time, like for us, but I think everyone’s dealing well with the situation. We got a good win, three goals, so hopefully we can look forward with this result.
“It’s good to get a good win, we could maybe have scored 5 or 6 today but we have a big game on Wednesday, and then a massive one on Sunday. Everyone is looking forward to it, everyone is pleased, some smiles again, and that’s what we want, no?”
Without being greedy what I really want is for Robin to reach 110 goals by next Sunday at 6pm, having scored a match winning hat-trick in midweek against Olympiacos.
That’s what we really want, but for now, Robin’s 100 will do just fine.