Van Persie doubted he could be first-choice striker at Arsenal
Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has revealed he questioned whether or not he was good enough to be the Gunners’ lead striker this season, the Independent has revealed.
Van Persie’s doubts appear to be unfounded after a season that has seen the Netherlands international plunder 34 goals for Arsenal and four more for his country, leaving van Persie two away from breaking the 40-goal mark this season. But the 28-year-old admits he had little faith in himself to be a success as a centre-forward.
He added: “Sometimes, you just question yourself, if you're good enough at it. Those answers came. I just didn't know, and now I believe.” Van Persie noted that after he scored in pre-season against Italian side Inter, Arsene Wenger used the opportunity to confirm his belief that van Persie’s future lay as an orthodox striker.
Although van Persie has scored just once in his last six games, that a penalty against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the goal scoring form of this season has led the striker to be named as one of six candidates for the PFA Player of the Year award, voted on by his fellow players.
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