Free-scoring Van Persie picks up 2nd English award
Robin van Persie has been voted the 2012 Footballer of the Year
by England’s writers, the free-scoring Arsenal striker’s second
prestigious award in three days.
Van Persie received the Professional Footballers’ Association
award after voting by his fellow English Premier League players on
The Netherlands international topped the poll of football
journalists ahead of Manchester United pair Wayne Rooney and Paul
Scholes. Fulham forward Clint Dempsey was fourth.
Van Persie has scored 34 goals in all competitions for Arsenal,
virtually carrying his team on his own at times after its poor
start to the season.
Steve Bates, chairman of the Football Writers’ Association, says
Van Persie was the ”overwhelming choice” because ”the quality of
his goals, attacking movement and consistency in a turbulent season
for the Gunners has been eye-catching.”