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Wenger Hails RVP Maturity

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**Gunners boss delighted how striker has changed

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed Robin van Persie's maturity in the wake of his weekend winner against Everton.

The Holland striker scored his 15th Premier League goal of the season in their 1-0 success over the Toffees at Emirates Stadium.

Van Persie has been in sensational form for Arsenal and Wenger insists the striker is now patient, unlike when he joined from Feyenoord.

The French tactician believes the 28-year-old is an intelligent player and he is delighted how the Rotterdam-born ace has changed during his time at Arsenal.

"Robin is more mature. When you are 22, you don't have the best of games, you rush your moments a little bit. When you are 28 you can keep focus and if you get a chance, try to get it away," the Arsenal manager said.

"[When he first joined Arsenal], Robin was nervous, he was impatient, like every young player.

"Now he is completely different. He has something that explains his complete change.

"He can be impulsive, but he listens to people, but he is honest speaking and doesn't bear a grudge afterwards.

"You can sometimes be hard with him, but if you are right he thinks you are right.

"He speaks his mind, but that is why I believed he has changed so much."

Wenger added: "Robin is not arrogant. He is intellectually honest and intelligent.

"I give the most credit in my job to those who can change, because that is the most difficult thing. People who change maybe make the biggest improvement in their lives."