People get dumbfounded when Van Persie doesn't score in a game these days.
His goal-scoring record thus far has been borderline absurd.
The year 2011 has been nothing short of phenomenal for the Arsenal captain; he nearly beat Alan Shearer's record for the most goals in a calendar year, and surpassed club legend Thierry Henry's record for most goals in a calendar year.
This season alone he has scored 25 goals in 26 games and has also recorded eight assists in the Premier League.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are prolific as well, but in my opinion they play in a league not comparable to the Premier League, where all opposition is resilient.
It's a league where Blackburn stun Manchester United, Everton defeat Manchester City, and West Brom humiliate Chelsea. Not to mention giants such as Liverpool and Tottenham.
Furthermore, he works without illustrious compatriots. There is no Xavi to feed the ball to him as incisively, no Iniesta to dribble around opposition and find him in spaces—in most cases Van Persie has to do this on his own.
That is what makes his goal tally even more remarkable. Such excitement has not been enthused into the Premier League since the heydays of Thierry Henry.