Van der Vaart has revealed he bombards Arsenal rival and fellow Dutchman Van Persie with texts, pleading with him to end his sensational run.
Van der Vaart said: "I text him every game. Sometimes I say congratulations but I hope he is not going to continue scoring like he does because it might be a problem for us.
"On Saturday he scored three nice goals against Chelsea and, yes, it looks like a rivalry between him and me. But I really enjoy his game."