Robin Van Persie is easily the most in-form striker not only in the EPL, but quite possibly in world football.
The Arsenal captain has been scintillating to say the very least, and the 2011 calendar year has been extremely eventful for the Dutch International.
RVP is heading toward the record books as he hopes to eclipse Alan Shearer’s exploits from 1995. By netting more than 30 goals, he is already in exclusive company, but judging by his recent play, surpassing the England legend seems only inevitable.
Arsenal’s No. 10 is vitally important for the club, and with his hesitance to fully commit to another contract, Gooners are praying they retain the services of their star man.
So, in honor of RVP’s brace against Norwich and his current tally of 31 goals in 2011, here are 31 quick reasons as to why Arsenal need their talismanic captain to be a Londoner for life:
RVP is an established squad member for Arsenal, and with the young talent emerging, many look to him as means of positive influence.
2. Left Foot
It is no secret—Van Persie's left foot is feared and renowned across the globe.
3. Aerial Abilities
The Dutchman is quick to elevate and is accurate with his cranium.
Peaking at the right time, he continues to string consistency together and is as confident as ever.
5. Strike Rate
Van Persie is currently the most prolific striker in Europe—his goal tally backs this claim up.
Arsene Wenger and his teammates will be the first to tell you how easy the player is to manage and play alongside respectively.
7. Ambidextrous Nature
As his second goal against Norwich over the weekend will validate, RVP is equally adept with both of his feet.
The striker can play anywhere across the front and is most comfortable holding up as the lone striker.
Now more than ever outlines the importance Van Persie is to the success of this club.
Wenger has stood behind him through thick and thin, and in the end, loyalty plays a huge factor in longevity.
11. Close-Range Finishing
One of the calmest and coolest characters in front of the net, it seems RVP rarely spurns his easy chances.
The experience due to his 168 appearances for the club have molded his game in tremendous fashion.
13. Long-Range Shooting
Once again, enough cannot be said about that thunderous left foot. Just have a look.
14. Lethal Free Kick
Part of being a persistent goal threat is taking your chances off free kicks, which RVP can do.
The Dutchman dazzles with his dribbling and often creates things from nothing because his touch is superb.
Technique is the biggest facet to the game of football, and Van Persie prides himself on his steady practice and technical awareness.
17. Work Rate
Whether it is in the game, in training, in the attack or recovering on defense, RVP rarely slacks and is dependable based on his work rate.
18. Prime of his Career
At 28 years old, he is hitting the prime and doesn't appear to be slowing down.
Cross, shoot, pass or dribble—RVP has the instinctual tendency to make the right decisions on the pitch.
After battling niggling injuries the last few seasons, it looks like the striker is starting to come back to health and is a constant fixture for his club and country.
21. Ambassador for the Game
Rarely is there any bad press about him, and he is one of the most professional and respectful players in world football.
The honour of wearing the captain's armband for a club like Arsenal should in itself make RVP want to stay put in London.
Wenger's decision to hand the armband to Van Persie has brought a leader out of the striker.
When you are playing like he is right now, it is easy to have a love for the game—RVP is playing with the exuberance of a youngster and is enjoying every part of the game.
The Emirates is like a second home for the man, and the subtleties and nuances of the club bring comfort for Van Persie and his family.
His game is quite balanced for a striker, and he seems to always amaze the crowd with something different.
According to teammates, the striker is as formidable as they come.
28. Fan Support
The Emirates faithful have nothing but love for RVP and would be devastated seeing one of their favorites leave.
29. Killer Instinct
Like any quality scorer, the Dutchman possesses a killer striking instinct that is shared only by the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and few others.
Never one to deter from the task at hand, the mental aspect of RVP's game is inspiring and it often rubs off on other players.
31. Legendary Potential
Individual accolades aside, Robin Van Persie has the potential to cement his name in Arsenal folklore and sit alongside Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp in Gunner history.