Arsene Wenger praises 'exceptional' Robin van Persie

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Wenger praises 'exceptional' Van Persie

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the team wanted to "force the game a bit too much" before "exceptional" goalscorer Robin Van Persie made the breakthrough in the 1-0 win over QPR.

Van Persie notched his 35th Premier League goal in 2011, passing Thierry Henry's club scoring record for a calendar year but finishing one shy of Alan Shearer's all-time mark.

Wenger adds that Henry, who is set to re-join the Gunners on a two-month loan deal, shows "exceptional class" in training and believes the striker will surprise a few people during his return, predicting the Frenchman could play for the club in the FA Cup tie against Leeds.