Arsenal captaincy has not changed me – van Persie

Robin van Persie says the Arsenal captaincy has not changed the way he plays.

Robin van Persie says the Arsenal captaincy has not changed the way he plays.

The Dutchman took the armband when Cesc Fabregas left for Barcelona last summer and he has reveled in the role which he puts down to the fact that there are so many good leaders helping him which allows him to concentrate on his own game.

"I don't think it changed me a lot in the way I am because I believe you should always stay the same," he told the club's official website.

"I think the only thing that has changed for me is that it has been made official.

"Before that I was always helping people out where I could because we all help each other out, it's not only me. This is the way our club is.

"I do realise that some stuff starts with me but that counts for every single person for themselves as well.

"Good behaviour starts from yourself. If you expect that from other people, you should start by yourself and be helpful to everyone else.

"That has nothing to do with the captaincy, it is the way you should be. Everybody should try to be positive and try to help each other out. I don't think I am the main starter in all of that."

 

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