The Dutchman has been played in a more central role by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and has relished the change but says he considers himself more of a hybrid than an out-and-out striker, like Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Liverpool’s Fernando Torres.
"I try to bring my own dimension to the forward position.
"I feel I play between a target striker and a shadow striker. I am a combination of both and that's just fine.
"In the league I have now contributed seven assists and I am just as proud of these as the seven goals I have scored.
"I find it crucial to be effective in both spheres for the team."
van Persie added: "The coach (Wenger) is particularly keen that I add something to the tactical play of the team, both offensively and creatively, that I use and combine with the players around me.
"It is my main intention to help others play. I am also free to make myself more dangerous. It took a while before I had found the balance."