Date: 23rd April 2012 at 8:32am
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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).