Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has been named the Player of the Year by England's Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) at a recent ceremony held in London.
The 28-year-old Dutch international has scored 27 Premier League goals so far this season for his club Arsenal, his best so far for the north London club.
Van Persie is quoted as saying: "If other people are saying it, it’s special, but it’s even more special if your opponents are saying it."
He added that none of his success would be possible but for the contribution of his fellow team mates highlighting the fact that Theo Walcott had given him 12 assists this season which he really appreciated.
Van Persie joined Arsenal from Feyenoord in 2004 as a second striker, a role made famous by a fellow Dutchman, Dennis Bergkamp.
Manager Arsene Wenger later switched Persie to the central forward position in the team and since then Van Persie has relished the role.
Van Persie was also included in the PFA's Premier League Team of the Year, which featured four players from title-chasing Manchester City and only one from champions Manchester United, Wayne Rooney.
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