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Arsenal boss hails ‘exceptional’ skipper

AW hails RvP form

By | 29th October 2011

Arsene Wenger admits that he is in awe of the terrific form of his captain Robin van Persie and believes that the Dutchman is finally using his class to distinguish himself as one of the finest in the league.

Van Persie’s proneness to injuries has prevented him from reaching his highest potential in recent years but after inheriting the armband, he has been simply unstoppable.

Following a memorable hat-trick that guided the Gunners to a 5-3 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the 28-year old was on the receiving end of tremendous praise from his gaffer.

“He is of course on fire and he takes advantage through his class. We attack a lot and we create chances overall of course. The intelligence of his movement around the box and the accuracy of his finishing is exceptional,” Wenger told

While van Persie was joined on the score sheet by Andre Santos and Theo Walcott, Chelsea also had three different goal scorers as Frank Lampard, John Terry, and Juan Mata all punished the defensive mistakes of their visitors.

While German international Per Mertesacker struggled to keep up with the Blues’ aerial threat, particularly in the first half, Wenger was pleased that Laurent Koscielny held his lines throughout the match.

Van Persie recently tipped Koscielny to rank among the top defenders in the world in years to come and Wenger echoed that sentiment.

“I think he was outstanding. He was the one at the back in the first half who looked strong,” the Frenchman said on Koscielny’s display on a day when vice-captain Thomas Vermaelen also made his Premier League return as a late substitute.

Wenger and his men will now focus on the midweek’s UEFA Champions League match at home to Marseille, who they beat 1-0 with a late Aaron Ramsey goal a little over a week ago.

Reader Comments

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  1. Chidy from Dar Tz says:

    Gunners are Believers,Hard workers and never afraid,keep it up,us as fans w’re behind you,what i think Tha team lacks Song type of strong Midifielders whom can come back and become strong defender if we have enough def n midflds w’re Unstopables…

  2. Dominick says:

    RVP is fabulous. However The Arsenal Top management must listen to The Chief Couch and give him the cash he wants. For usually The gunner perform very well until the 10 final matches when the going becomes rough, when players, become injured and what not! We do not have to look back to far in the past; See what happened last year, within a few blunders all the good work done just evaporated into thin air!

    To me Cesc seemed to be player not committed fully the Gunners. Let bygone be by gone. Arsenal needs strong defenders in the rear! Dominic from Arusha Tanzania

  3. George Barnes says:

    RVP is simply unstoppable.i think the best in him is yet to come out,keep it up captain fantastic.

  4. bonny says:

    incredible gunners. The gaffer should work on defence.

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