In all competitions, for club and country, Robin van Persie has already scored 22 goals this season, making him probably the most efficient and dangerous striker in the world right now.
His goalscoring exploits are remarkable and as usual Arsene Wenger was quick to respond to questions about the Dutchman’s quality, not just as a striker but as a captain.
Speaking at his post-game press conference, Wenger said, “At the moment I believe that Robin is an exceptional player. He takes advantage of our offensive style from the wings. We create a lot of chances but I don’t deny that at the moment he is the one who scores all the goals. We hope we can keep him fit and with us for a long time.
“He is completely focused on football and thinks day and night about the game. He is completely dedicated. It is not always obvious to put a striker as captain because he is in front of everybody. He was vice captain last year and was then captain while Fabregas was out.”
Yet even Dortmund coach, Jurgen Klopp (who made a point of embracing van Persie after the final whistle), was full of praise for the Arsenal goal machine.
“Robin van Persie, wow, what a performance, what a player. He’s certainly one of the best in Europe. I’ve hardly ever seen a player who plays so deep in midfield and then is such a danger in the box.”
With a busy schedule coming up Arsene Wenger now has to decide if he’ll take the opportunity to rest his skipper on Saturday. Although, with a Carling Cup game in midweek in which he is unlikely to take part, Fulham may have to face a player more lethal than a mega-scorpion stinging you on the top of your knob (apologies for the technical analogy).