English Premiership

Van Persie wins PFA award

2012-04-23 09:15
Robin van Persie (AFP)

London - Arsenal striker Robin van Persie was named the Player of the Year by England's Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) at a ceremony on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Dutch international has scored 27 Premier League goals so far this season - his best return for the north London club - and was proud to be honoured by a poll of top-flight players.

"If other people are saying it, it is special, but it is even more special if your opponents are saying it," he said.

"It is very special because you are playing against them week in week out and every single player does everything to win and in the end if they make up their minds that I'm the best player it is a big honour."

Van Persie added none of his success would be possible but for the contribution of his fellow Gunners.

"Without them I could not have achieved it," he said. "For example Theo Walcott, he has given me more than 12 assists and I do really appreciate that."

Van Persie was originally deployed as a second striker by Arsenal after signing from Feyenoord in 2004 in a role made famous by fellow Dutch forward Dennis Bergkamp during his time with the club.

But despite his own initial doubts, van Persie has relished the role of leading Arsenal's attack since being switched to the centre forward position by manager Arsene Wenger.

"Now I am (confident). To be fair, when I first went there I wasn't really as confident and I wasn't really sure I could do it. It took a bit of time but after a couple of months a slowly realised I could do a good job there."

Tottenham Hotspur and England full-back Kyle Walker won The PFA Young Player of the Year award and the 21-year-old couldn't quite believe he was receiving the honour.

"I was a bit surprised because defenders don't normally get these awards and get the limelight as much as the centre-forwards," he said.

"If you look at the people I was in with then it is a great honour to get the award and hopefully there is more to come.

Both Walker and van Persie were included in the PFA's Premier League Team of the Year, which featured four players from title-chasing Manchester City.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart, defender Vincent Kompany and midfielders Yaya Toure and David Silva all featured in a side where Wayne Rooney was the only representative from champions Manchester United.

Tottenham had three men in the team, with Scott Parker and Wales winger Gareth Bale, last year's PFA Player of the Year, joining Walker in a side without any players from Chelsea, the only English club to reach the semi-finals of this season's Champions League.

PFA Premier League Team of the Year (player, club, nationality)

Joe Hart (Man City/ENG); Kyle Walker (Tottenham/ENG), Vincent Kompany (Man City/BEL), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle/ARG), Leighton Baines (Everton/ENG); David Silva (Man City/ESP), Yaya Toure (Man City/CIV), Gareth Bale (Tottenham/WAL), Scott Parker (Tottenham/ENG); Robin van Persie (Arsenal/NED), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd/ENG)

Read more on:    robin van persie  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

17 photo illusions that look so real

What if they aren’t illusions? What if that dog really has a human foot – then what?

 
 

For chic geeks...

It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
Check out the speed of this robo-cheetah!
New GIF keyboard on iOS for added fun!
Puppy goes crazy over iPad game
Fixtures
20 September 2014
Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City, Loftus Road Stadium 13:45
Swansea City v Southampton, Liberty Stadium 16:00
Newcastle United v Hull City, St. James' Park 16:00
Burnley v Sunderland, Turf Moor 16:00
Aston Villa v Arsenal, Villa Park 16:00
West Ham United v Liverpool, Boleyn Ground 18:30
21 September 2014
Leicester City v Manchester United, King Power Stadium 14:30
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion, White Hart Lane 14:30
Manchester City v Chelsea, Etihad Stadium 17:00
Everton v Crystal Palace, Goodison Park 17:00
27 September 2014
Liverpool v Everton, Anfield 13:45
Manchester United v West Ham United, Old Trafford 16:00
Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Selhurst Park 16:00
Southampton v Queens Park Rangers, St. Mary's Stadium 16:00
Sunderland v Swansea City, Stadium of Light 16:00
Chelsea v Aston Villa, Stamford Bridge 16:00
Hull City v Manchester City, The KC Stadium 16:00
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur, Emirates Stadium 18:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Is Louis van Gaal the right man to restore the glory days at United?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.