Robin Van Persie has one of Alan Shearer’s records in his sights but the ability of the Geordie Legend to do it year after year, is almost certain to keep him top of the shop forever in the modern era.

Van Persie is close to beating Shearer’s record number of goals in a calendar year and has two matches in which to do it.

The Arsenal striker is a class act and home games against Wolves and QPR must give him every chance.

The top seven totals since the formation of the Premier League rubber stamp Alan Shearer’s position, if any rubber stamping statistics were needed.

That is the thing with those who try to pick holes in Shearer’s career, especially still bitter Manchester United fans.

People can argue the toss in comparing players but every corner you turn, the statistics shut anybody up who tries to argue against Alan Shearer’s untouchable position as the greatest goalscorer of the Premier League era.  (PS Nice to see Sir Les up there too!)

Top Prem scorers in a calendar year

1. Alan Shearer (1995) 36

2. Thierry Henry (2004) 34

2. Robin van Persie (2011) 34

4. Alan Shearer (1994) 30

5. Les Ferdinand (1995) 30

6. Ruud van Nistelrooy (2003) 30

7. Alan Shearer (2002) 27