Robin Van Persie cheekily dinked his penalty over Wayne Hennessey in Arsenal’s win over Wolves last night, and in doing so he equalled Ian Wright’s record of scoring against 17 Premiership teams in a season (out of 20).
Arsene Wenger couldn’t help but congratulate his amazing captain but rued the fact that he couldn’t beat the record by scoring against Man City last weekend.
Van Persie had gone an unlikely four games in a row without scoring, and Wenger was pleased that the Dutchman didn’t let his goal drought (!!) worry him.
“It is not easy for a striker like Van Persie who is not used to not scoring.” Wenger said. “I think he equalled the record of Ian Wright by scoring against 17 different teams in the Premier League out of 20. That is absolutely remarkable in the modern game so I would like to congratulate him because that has never been done before. When your striker scores against 17 different teams, that is sensational.”
“He could have beaten it if he had scored against Manchester City. The last two chances he had were Man City and tonight. He hit the post twice and Vermaelen saved one on the line against City.”
Yes vermaelen did inadvertently get in the way of a certain goal against City, but I can’t help mentioning that Aaron Ramsey could so easily have pased the ball to RVP in the last minute of that game. There are rumours that Van Persie was very upset with Ramsey for blowing that chance but I’m not sure that I believe that of our normally cool captain. Do you?