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Arsenal striker Robin van Persie was last night named the Professional Footballers Association Player of the Season for 2011-12. The award ballots all members of the PFA and asks them to vote for two players each for their Player of the Year. Members are not permitted to vote for themselves or their teammates. The Arsenal striker won the vote for this season having netted 27 Premier League goals so far this season, eleven of which have been winning goals.

The Arsenal captain becomes is the fifth Arsenal affiliated winner in the trophy`s 39 year history, with Liam Brady (1979), Dennis Bergkamp (1998) and Thierry Henry (2003, 2004) having proceeded him. The PFA Young Players` Player of the Year award was this season won by Tottenham`s Kyle Walker. Van Persie was nominated alongside Joe Hart, Wayne Rooney, David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Scott Parker. But the Arsenal captain nabbed the award following a truly sensational season. The Dutchman commented; "If other people are saying it, it is special, but it is even more special if your opponents are saying it,' he told Press Association Sport.

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

The 28 year old Holland international was quick to pay tribute to his teammates and coaching staff too; "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 the sole Arsenal representative in the PFA Team of the Year, which was announced as follows: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United), Leighton Baines (Everton), David Silva (Manchester City), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Robin van Persie (Arsenal).

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Monday April 23 2012
Time: 8:31AM


Congrats to RVP - don't think any rival fans ( Utd and Spuds fans excepted) can argue about the decision. Bit bemused that Walker beat Aguero to the young player award, but that's another debate entirely.
23/04/2012 11:30:00
Congrats Rob, fully deserved. I too am baffled at the decision to award Walker the Young player award. Though considering it was voted for by the players, it's not overly surprising. I'm disapointed that Koscielny didn't get any recognition for any awards or in the team of the year, he's been one of the best central defenders in the league this year. Still he knows that he's appreciated by the people who matter most.
23/04/2012 12:10:00
It is sometimes an odd one. I agree that Aguero should have won the young award and he (I think) was the only real candidate to run Robin close. Sometimes it seams young, yet established, players get overlooked for the young player. Didn't Rooney win the player of the year award a few years back but failed to win the young player award he was also nominated for?
No 10
23/04/2012 12:37:00
Thoroughly deserved accolade for RvP. Robin proved that given a season free of injury and a sustained run in our team, he was every bit the world class player that gooners knew he was. The architecture of our team means that RvP has got good service almost throughout this season and we couldn't have asked for a more talented player to have put away those chances.
23/04/2012 12:42:00
Also to see Coloccini nominated and Koscielny omitted is utterly bizarre. And for all his mistakes I thought TVs goal tally might have got him noticed, just as Lescotts did a few years back. I doubt that had Parker or Walker been from Portugal they would get a nomination.
No 10
23/04/2012 12:44:00
Glad that Kos is soo underrated.. Will keep the Barcas and Reals away. World class defender.
23/04/2012 17:41:00
Hehehe, Sajit.

Those things are so subjective and it is anyone's guess what criteria the players are given to carry out the ratings. Isn't Aguero a bit too old to be in the running for Young Player? Hence I asked to know the eligible age band for this category. Anyone know it?
23/04/2012 18:46:00
Ask those in the game about Van Persie. The way he tried to humiliate his own team mate against Newcastle was a perfect example of what that man is like. Pardew was 100% spot on, but did Van Persie give a *****? Did he *********. Also Kosh whatever his name is is a world class defender? hahahaha the intelligence on this page is overwhelming. Dissing Parker and Walker, what a bunch of idiots here, over on the smelly side of the fence.....
Henry Baker Brown
23/04/2012 18:47:00
Juan Mata didn't even get a mention? I thought he was a breath of fresh air in the Chelsea line up this season.
23/04/2012 19:12:00
Get back down there you snivelling little pecker, don't you dare even look up here from your pitiful 5th soon to be 7th place hovel because you are nowhere near worthy, you disgust me you cock loving mong. I wipe my arse repeatedly up and down the face of your rancid dog mother as i hold onto her flappy jug ears.
23/04/2012 19:21:00
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