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Robin Van Persie joins Dutch goalscoring elite

Robin van Persie became only the fourth Dutch player in the Premier League's history to pass the 50 goal mark when he netted twice in last weekend's 3-0 victory over West Ham.

Robin van Persie joined a rather exclusive club with his double in Arsenal's 3-0 win at West Ham United last Saturday. His 50th and 51st Premier League strikes made him only the fourth Dutchman to reach 50 goals in England's top division.

Van Persie would probably have got their sooner had various injuries not hampered his progression at Arsenal since his move from Feyenoord in 2004.

Dennis Bergkamp is next on the lsit. The Arsenal legend - probably the club's best player of the Premier League era along with Thierry Henry - was not an out-and-out goalscorer, but hit 87 league goals in 11 seasons.

Perhaps the most impressive strike rate on the list comes from Ruud van Nisstelrooy, who averaged almost two goals every three games (95 in 150) in five seasons at Manchester United.

The top name on the list is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink with 127 goals from 329 Premier League games. He is also the only Dutchman in the Premier League's top 10 all-time scorers.

Alan Shearer (260) is top, The National's columnist Andrew Cole is second on 187 and Hasselbaink slots into ninth place.