Robin van Persie of Arsenal is tackled by Emmerson Boyce of Wigan during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Wigan Athletic at Emirates Stadium on April 16, 2012 in London, England.
Robin van Persie of Arsenal is tackled by Emmerson Boyce of Wigan during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Wigan Athletic at Emirates Stadium on April 16, 2012 in London, England. Laurence Griffiths - Getty Images

Van's the man

ARSENAL'S Robin van Persie has been voted the Professional Footballers Association player of the year.

Van Persie won the award (voted for by players) ahead of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, Tottenham's Scott Parker and Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Joe Hart and David Silva.

The Dutchman is the English Premier League's top scorer and has hit the net 34 times in all competitions for Arsenal this season.

Van Persie is enjoying his most fruitful season since signing for Arsenal in 2004, helped largely by a fruitful switch into the centre-forward role.

"To be fair, when I first went there I wasn't really as confident and I wasn't really sure I could do it," he told BBC Sport.

"It took a bit of time but after a couple of months I slowly realised I could do a good job there."

In a coup for the EPL's north London teams, Tottenham's Kyle Walker won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.


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