Robin van Persie notched his 100th Arsenal goal recently and the creator of it, Theo Walcott, has provided more assists to the Dutchman than any other player.
He’s made 15 goals for the captain and van Persie says the connection they have is borne out of quality and friendship. Speaking to this month’s Arsenal Magazine, he said, “I know what he’s going to do and that’s so important. Sometimes you miss that with players. With some good players, the opposition don’t know what he is going to do next, but if his team mates don’t know either than can make it hard.
“With Theo I have a feeling that most of the time I know what he will do next. So I can adjust my movements around that. His final ball has been so good lately, I think he’s really stepped up a level. He’s scoring goals, making goals, he’s a top player.
“It’s vital for me as a striker to have a player like that around me. He knows how I think. Besides that we’re friends too and I think it helps when you get on off the pitch too”.
And van Persie praised the influence his fellow Dutchman, Dennis Bergkamp, had on his Arsenal career.
“He helped me a lot. We sat next to each other in the dressing room and we could always have a quick word in Dutch. Everyone knows he’s a very calm and helpful guy. He would always help me.
“I remember one game against Chelsea away, I was struggling against Lampard and Makelele. I asked him at half-time what he would do in that situation. He gave me his opinion and my performance improved straight away. It was a sign of class from Dennis because I was in the team instead of him but he still wanted to help me out. So classy”.
Read the full interview with Robin, in which he talks more about the influence of Arsene Wenger over his career, his 100 goals, who he worked best with up front and more, in the Arsenal Magazine.