Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has been named as FWA Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.
The 28-years-old topped the poll of journalists with a conquest ahead of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, who won the award in 2010, and Paul Scholes who was third. Fulham’s striker Clint Dempsey was fourth in the competition.
Van Persie was signed by manager Arsene Wenger from Feyenoord in 2004, then he became a main player of the team and netted 93 goals in 191 appearances. He has scored 34 goals so far this season.
“Robin was the overwhelming choice of our members this season and deservedly so after a magnificent campaign for Arsenal.” FWA chairman Steve Bates, chief football writer at the People, said. “The quality of his goals, attacking movement and consistency in a turbulent season for the Gunners has been eye-catching.”
“The considerable size of his majority in the votes cast by our members reflected the general view that he has been the season’s most outstanding individual performer.” He added.
Van Persie was the first Dutchman to win the significant honor since Dennis Bergkamp, also of Arsenal, in 1998 and the third player from the Netherlands to do so. On Sunday the Dutch striker was awarded the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year prize.