Arsenal talisman Robin Van Persie has added the Football Writers’ Player of the Year Award to the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Award he won over the weekend.
The Dutchman topped the poll by a wide margin, with Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney second, Paul Scholes third and Fulham’s Clint Dempsey the others to register votes.
The 28 year-old has scored 34 goals for the Gunners this season and has been the pivotal influence in bringing the club to within touching distance of automatic qualification for the group stages of the Champions League, which finishing in third in the Premier League brings.
Van Persie — will receive the prestigious FWA accolade, which has been running since 1948, at a gala dinner at the Lancaster London Hotel on May 3rd.
Van Persie will be in hot demand at the end of the season but it is expected that he will sign a contract extension at a club where he is now settled having spent eight years in north London following his move from Feyenoord.
Speaking of his move to England; Van Persie said he had Ruud Gullit (director of football at Feyenoord at the time) trying to persuade him to stay in the Netherlands but the Dutch national team captain said he does not regret leaving his homeland. Former Ballon d’Or (1987) winner Gullit presented Van Persie with the PFA Award on Sunday night.