Van Persie: Adebayor Arsenal exit helped me become the striker I am today

11:55 03 April 2012

Robin van Persie has expressed his desire to leave Arsenal. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Robin van Persie has expressed his desire to leave Arsenal. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Arsenal captain sees exit of former strike partner as turning point in his career

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie claims the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor helped him grow as a goalscorer.
The Togolese front man left the Gunners for Manchester City in 2009, leaving the Dutchman as Arsene Wengers main goalscoring threat.
That move has certainly worked and after fighting back from major injuries, Van Persie has scored 54 goals since the beginning of last year.
"I was hoping to play as a second striker... I never thought I would end up as a main striker," Van Persie told Arsenal Player. "We only tried it [at Arsenal] when Adebayor went to Manchester City.
"The boss didnt buy anyone else because he was convinced I could do it, but I wasn't even convinced I could do it. I had not really played there that much, and I hadnt thought about it much before.
"The boss said, 'I think you can do it, give it a go and see where it ends. Play your normal game, dont go out there to score, go out there to enjoy yourself and help the team'.
"I had a go and then in pre-season we had a game against Inter Milan and I scored good goal and played well, and he told me after the game, 'We will see how it goes, I am 100 per cent sure it will work'.
"Then in my first five or six [league] games I didnt score, I was making assists and playing well, but I didnt score and I thought, 'I am a main striker now, I need to score' and the boss said, 'I dont mind that, as long as you play well for the team, giving assists, the goals will come'.
"When I scored my first goal I then scored seven in seven, with seven assists, so that was quite good. That was my first step to being a main striker."
Van Persie's contract expires at the end of next season although talks between the club and player over a new deal are expected to take place in the summer.

Live Blog Transfer Window Live 18th August

 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Arsenal news

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Alex Song in action for West Ham  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

All the transfer news and gossip from Sunday morning’s newspapers.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Aleksandar Mitrovic (2nd R) of Newcastle United is shown a red card by referee Andre Marriner (1st R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger said the referee had no choice but to send off Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in their 1-0 win on Tyneside.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Liverpool's Christian Benteke (left) and Arsenal's Calum Chambers compete for the ball

Arsene Wenger has said that he considered replacing Calum Chambers in Arsenal’s goalless draw against Liverpool and revealed that the England defender is struggling with confidence.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks on as mascot Gunnersaurus takes part in the Dizzy Challenge. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal trained without Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny ahead of the Premier League clash in Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Paul Pogba of Juventus FC in action (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

All the latest transfer news and gossip with just four days to go until the transfer window slams shut.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more