Wenger grateful for Van Persie

11 December 2011 07:17

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed another "special" goal from Robin van Persie after the Gunners skipper netted a stunning volley to mark the club's 125th anniversary celebrations with a 1-0 win over Everton.

The in-form Dutchman took his tally to 19 for the season with a superb left-foot strike on 70 minutes which proved enough to send Arsenal back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

Wenger said: "Today Robin got us a goal which was at the moment of the game where we struggled a little bit to create chances. He delivered something special and three important points."

Wenger admitted there was "not much more to say" about the superb form of his captain, who has cracked more than 30 goals in 2011.

"Robin has scored an exceptional goal, he said himself he was not in his best of days, but what is important is you are efficient," Wenger added.

"That is what it is to be professional, when you do not feel the greatest."

Toffees boss David Moyes paid tribute to the Dutchman.

"It was a terrific finish, a really good goal which beat us," he said. "But we can't kid ourselves because we were fortunate to go into half-time at 0-0.

"Then when they scored the goal, we looked the more likely to score, we had grown in confidence and weathered a lot of what Arsenal had thrown at us.

"We had some great recovery defending with guys getting back in, but we just lacked that bit of quality."

Source: PA

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