The Netherlands international is the top goalscorer in the Premier League and has been in scintillating form in the Gunners’ revival during the second half of the season.
However, Van Persie admits that he only got the opportunity to play as an out-and-out frontman after the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor to Manchester City.
“I was hoping to play as a second striker. I never thought I would end up as a main striker,” he confessed to The Sun.
“We only tried it when Adebayor went. The boss didn’t buy anyone else. He was convinced I could do it but I wasn’t.
“In my first five or six games I was making assists but I didn’t score and I thought, ‘I am a main striker now, I need to score’.
“When I scored my first goal I then scored seven in seven, with seven assists,” he stated.
There has still not been any news regarding Van Persie’s contract situation, with the marksman’s current deal at the Emirates Stadium expiring in the summer of 2013.
By Gareth McKnight