EPL Debate: Is Arsenal's Robin Van Persie The League's Best Striker?

Callum D'SouzaSenior Writer IJanuary 24, 2011

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 22:  Robin Van Persie of Arsenal celebrates scoring his third goal in a hat trick during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Wigan Athletic at the Emirates Stadium on January 22, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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As Arsenal secured their fourteenth English Premier League win of 2010/2011 in emphatic style, with a 3-0 thrashing of Wigan. Fans couldn't help noticed what was one of the most one sided encounters in what is one of the tightest, toughest EPL seasons.

Quite frankly the Latics are fortunate they did not concede into double figures, largely thanks to their shot stopper Ali Al-Habsi, such was the gulf in class, possession and quality, a 10-0 score line would have failed to epitomize Arsenal's dominance.

One man who was unfortunate not to boast five or six goals was Arsenal striker Robin van Persie. The Dutchman enjoyed his first professional hattrick alongside missing a penalty and numerous other chances.

Van Persie was superb and the trio of strikes ensures the Dutch sharpshooter boast eight goals in only fifteen appearances this term. One can only imagine where "Rockin Robin" would be if injuries had not had such an intense toll on his Arsenal career.

Since joining the Gunners in 2004 from Dutch giants Feyenoord, van Persie has always been an impressive, talented goal scorers who boasts one of the most lethal left foots in World Football history. However injuries have always been a part of the Arsenal vice captain game.

In his first four seasons at the Emirates, van Persie notched 44 goals but only managed to average 33 games a season. However during 2008/2009, van Persie enjoyed a relatively injury free season and managed to net 20 goals and 10 assists, finishing as Arsenal top scorer and assists.

Last season was another injury tainted time with an ankle injury sustained during international duty sidelining the Dutchman for almost four months. However van Persie still managed 10 goals in 20 appearances.

However after an injury ridden start to 2010/2011, the striker has returned to  full fitness and is now in magnificent scoring touch. With seven in five matches, Robin van Persie is one of the hottest strikers in the lead and it raises the question, is "RvP" the best striker in the EPL.

Whilst van Persie was enjoying his hattrick, Manchester United continued their stellar season form at the top of the table, trouncing Birmingham City 5-0. Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov also bagged three whilst fellow striker Wayne Rooney was superb.

Both offer heavy competition to van Persie as the EPL's best striker whilst Chelsea Didier Drogba cannot be forgotten. English sharpshooter Darren Bent just signed with Aston Villa from Sunderland for close to £25 million which compliments Bent's attacking traits.

Liverpool's Fernando Torres has not had the most insightful season but is no doubt a fericious striker. But do they boast the skill, the creativity, the feet of Robin van Persie?

Not only is the Arsenal number 10 a brilliant scorer but the Dutchman is an integral part of Arsene Wenger's attack. Van Persie's relationship with Arsenal's midfield enforcers Samir Nasri and captain Cesc Fabregas is second to none and van Persie's passing range is akin with the world's best.

But is he the best striker in England?