van Persie Wins Golden Boot
In a season of personal awards and with the campaign now over, Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has claimed the Golden Boot for 2011-12. Despite not registering on the score sheet at The Hawthorns, the Dutchman`s 30 goal tally for the season was enough to see off his closest challenger Wayne Rooney, who notched his 27th of the season in United`s 1-0 win at Sunderland yesterday.
Van Persie`s 30 goals equalled the haul of Thierry Henry in 2003-04 but Ronne Rook`s 33 goal salvo in 1947-48 remains the best ever league record for an Arsenal striker in the post war years. Ted Drake holds the overall record scoring 42 goals in 1934-35. He`s Arsenal`s first Golden Boot winner since Henry took the top goalscorer gong in 2006. Congratulations to Robin. The golden boot graces his mantle alongside his PFA and Football Writers Player of the Year awards.