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Wenger admits Van Persie has surpassed all expectations at Arsenal this season

The French manager hails the performances of his striker after netting 27 Premier League goals but feels his captain has made an equally important impact off the pitch

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed Robin van Persie has surpassed his expectations this season.

The Dutchman has scored 27 goals this campaign in the Premier League and is currently leading the division’s goal-scoring chart. His form has helped send the Gunners to third place in the table after a tricky start to the season.

Wenger has admitted he demands a lot from his skipper on the pitch and believes he has not been disappointed.

“Yes [he has exceeded my expectations], not on the quality of his games though because I expect a lot from him," he told the club’s official website. "It is purely football technically.”

The 62-year-old hailed Van Persie’s leadership, in particular, after assuming the role of captain this year following the departure of Cesc Fabregas in August to Barcelona.

Wenger feels the striker’s contribution on the field has been outstanding but he feels the Dutchman has made an equally important impact away from the pitch which, in his eyes, is just as vital.

“The way it goes beyond my level of expectation is the number of goals he has scored, that is for sure," he added. "Where he is sensational as well is as a captain. He has done extremely well on and off the field.”

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