Arsenal skipper Van Persie: Bergkamp an inspiration
"The first thing I did was watch the video of Dennis' best 100 goals, and I was like, 'wow'," the striker told arsenal.com.
"In my first season I scored five league goals and a couple in the Carling Cup and FA Cup. I thought it would take me 10 years.
"I didn't really start to think about it until I scored my 82nd, 83rd, 84th goals and then realised I only needed 16 more to achieve that."