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Robin Van Persie

Robin van Persie (; born 6 August 1983) is a Dutch Association football who plays as a forward (association football) for Arsenal F.C. and the Netherlands national football team. Robin Van Persie is a youth product of Feyenoord. Having joined Arsenal in 2004, Van Persie became the captain (association football) on 16 August 2011. Robin Van Persie playing style and ability have drawn comparison to Dutch legend Marco van Basten.

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Robin van Persie (; born 6 August 1983) is a Dutch Association football who plays as a forward (association football) for Arsenal F.C. and the Netherlands national football team. Robin Van Persie is a youth product of Feyenoord. Having joined Arsenal in 2004, Van Persie became the captain (association football) on 16 August 2011. Robin Van Persie playing style and ability have drawn comparison to Dutch legend Marco van Basten.

The son of two artists, Van Persie was encouraged to follow in Robin Van Persie parents' footsteps, but Robin Van Persie instead preferred football and joined SBV Excelsior's youth squad. Robin Van Persie made Robin Van Persie breakthrough at Robin Van Persie hometown club Feyenoord, where Robin Van Persie spent three seasons and won the 2002 UEFA Cup Final. Robin Van Persie was named the Dutch Football Talent of the Year for the 2001–02 season. Disagreements with manager Bert van Marwijk culminated in a change of club and Van Persie moved to Premier League side Arsenal for £2.75 million in 2004 as a long-term replacement for Dennis Bergkamp. Robin Van Persie won the FA Community Shield and the 2005 FA Cup Final in Robin Van Persie first season with the London club and went on to win the 2006 Rotterdam Sportsman of the year award. Van Persie has been named Premier League Player of the Month three times. Van Persie topped the goal assists leader board with 11 assists in the 2008–09 Premier League.

Van Persie was a Dutch youth international, having represented the Netherlands under-17, under-19 and under-21 sides. Robin Van Persie made Robin Van Persie senior international debut in 2005 in a friendly match against Romania. One month later, Robin Van Persie netted Robin Van Persie first senior international goal in a 4–0 win over Finland. Van Persie has 62 cap (sport) so far and has scored 25 goals for the Netherlands. Robin Van Persie has participated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cups and UEFA Euro 2008, including a World Cup Final in which Robin Van Persie lost.

Club career

Feyenoord

Van Persie joined Dutch side SBV Excelsior's youth squad at the age of 14 years, but left at the age of 15 due to the relationship with the coach (Jamie Mcculloch) and Robin Van Persie mother, and thus signed for Feyenoord. Robin Van Persie was quickly promoted into the first team due to injury problems among the squad, and made Robin Van Persie debut for the club at 17, which was the first of 15 total starts. Robin Van Persie received the Royal Dutch Football Association Best Young Talent award at the end of the 2001–02 season.
Robin Van Persie signed a professional three-and-a-half year contract with Feyenoord in the following season, and scored five goals in a 6–1 Amstel Cup thrashing of AGOVV on 6 February 2003. However, clashes with manager Bert van Marwijk saw Van Persie demoted to the reserve squad, and an irate van Marwijk told reporters, "Robin Van Persie behaviour made it impossible for Robin Van Persie to remain in the squad any longer so Robin Van Persie will join the reserve side for the time being." During a match featuring the Feyenoord and Ajax reserves, Robin Van Persie was one of several Feyenoord players assaulted by hooligans who had invaded the pitch. Van Persie finished Robin Van Persie tumultuous debut season on the first team, making a total of 28 appearances and scoring eight goals, in addition to finishing runner-up in the KNVB Cup.
{{Quote box sportswriter Clive White described Van Persie in Robin Van Persie match report as "21 going on nine."

Van Persie was consequently benched for a number of games, starting with Arsenal's upcoming FA Cup replay against Sheffield United F.C., and Robin Van Persie was reintroduced into the squad only after Henry was out with a calf injury, and Robin Van Persie return to the first team saw Robin Van Persie score twice in a FA Cup semi-final win over Blackburn Rovers F.C.. The rest of Van Persie's season was cut short by injury, and Robin Van Persie finished with ten goals in 41 appearances in all competitions.

2005–06

Van Persie's good form at the start of the 2005-06 in English football earned Robin Van Persie the FA Premier League Player of the Month award for November 2005 after eight goals in eight starts, and Robin Van Persie was rewarded with a five-year contract extension until 2011 on 4 January. Two days after signing the contract, however, Van Persie was again hit by injury when an opponent stepped on Robin Van Persie foot and broke Robin Van Persie toe during an FA Cup match against Cardiff City F.C..

Van Persie played the next three matches with a hole cut into Robin Van Persie shoe to alleviate the pain until Robin Van Persie was finally rested for Arsenal's Premier League match against West Ham United F.C. on 1 February.

2006–07

The beginning of the 2006-07 in English football included an airborne volley against Charlton Athletic F.C. that Wenger called "the goal of a lifetime" and was later named BBC Sport's Goal of the Month (England) for September, and Robin Van Persie capped off the calendar year by being named the 2006 Rotterdam Sportsman of the year. Robin Van Persie season, however, ended early for the second time in Robin Van Persie career on 21 January, when Robin Van Persie fractured the fifth metatarsal in Robin Van Persie right foot while celebrating Robin Van Persie late equalizer in a match against Manchester United.
Although Van Persie was injured for a large part of the season Robin Van Persie still managed to finish as Arsenal's top goalscorer with 13 goals in all competitions.

2007–08

After Henry departed for Barcelona prior to the 2007-08 in English football, Van Persie assumed the role as Arsenal's main striker. Following a streak of seven goals in ten regular-season games, Van Persie was sidelined for two months with a knee injury suffered on international duty. Robin Van Persie made Robin Van Persie comeback in Arsenal's Champions League group stage win over FC Steaua Bucharest on 12 December and made Robin Van Persie Premier League return in the win against Chelsea F.C. over the weekend. Robin Van Persie picked up, however, a recurrent injury that kept Robin Van Persie sidelined until January when Robin Van Persie played 45 minutes in a League Cup game against Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. Robin Van Persie was withdrawn at half-time following another injury scare and featured sporadically throughout the rest of the campaign.

2008–09

Van Persie opened Robin Van Persie 2008-09 in English football account on 31 August with a brace in Arsenal's 3–0 league victory over Newcastle United F.C.. On 29 October, Robin Van Persie scored Robin Van Persie fiftieth career Arsenal goal in a 4–4 home draw with North London derby rivals Tottenham, but was hit with Robin Van Persie first red card of the season on 1 November after knocking down goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen with a shoulder charge in a 2–1 loss to Stoke City F.C.. Sørensen later admitted to "teasing" Van Persie in an attempt to provoke a reaction. On 30 November, Robin Van Persie scored a brace against Chelsea to help Arsenal come from behind and pick up a 2–1 victory at Stamford Bridge. On 21 December 2008, Robin Van Persie scored a spectacular goal against Liverpool F.C., which became Robin Van Persie second-career BBC Goal of the Month. With captain Cesc Fàbregas injured and regular stand-in skipper Manuel Almunia rested, Van Persie captained Arsenal for the first time on 3 January 2009 for the club's 3–1 third-round FA Cup victory over Plymouth Argyle F.C.. Van Persie scored Arsenal's first and third goals, while the second was a result of Robin Van Persie cross being deflected into the net by a Plymouth player for an own goal. In January 2009, every Arsenal goal that month was either scored or assisted by Van Persie, which earned Robin Van Persie the club's Player of the Month award. Robin Van Persie most inspirational display being against Hull City A.F.C., where Robin Van Persie struck the post with a freekick, and provided three assists to Robin Van Persie teammates; Robin Van Persie later received the Man of the Match award. On 24 February, Van Persie scored a crucial penalty that earned Arsenal a 1–0 win over A.S. Roma in the UEFA Champions League 2008-09 Round of 16 encounter, after Robin Van Persie was fouled by defender Philippe Mexès. Robin Van Persie followed it up with a fifth Champions League goal by converting another penalty against Villarreal C.F. in a 3–0 victory. On the final day of the Premier League, Van Persie scored a brace against Stoke City F.C., which guaranteed Robin Van Persie for the second time in Robin Van Persie career as Arsenal's top scorer. Robin Van Persie had Robin Van Persie best season overall for Arsenal as Robin Van Persie scored 11 Premier League goals, along with a league-leading 11 assists and a career-best of 20 goals in all competitions. Van Persie was named the 2008–09 Arsenal.com Player of the Season.

2009–10

With only one year remaining of Robin Van Persie contract, Van Persie was in negotiations with Arsenal about an extension for several months in 2009. Finally, it was announced in July that Robin Van Persie had signed a new long-term contract with Robin Van Persie club, stating, "My heart is with Arsenal and I just can't picture myself in a different shirt." The departure of Emmanuel Adebayor also meant that the Dutchman was now the main striker in Wenger's 4–3–3 system. Van Persie started the 2009-10 in English football with two assists in the first match against Everton F.C., which led to a 6–1 victory. As one of the first choice penalty and corner takers, Robin Van Persie has set up many of Arsenal's goals, including Thomas Vermaelen's debut goal against Everton. Robin Van Persie scored Robin Van Persie first goal of the season in the 4–2 loss at City of Manchester Stadium to Manchester City F.C., where Robin Van Persie later had Robin Van Persie head stomped on by former teammate Adebayor (an act which the referee failed to notice, but the FA later charged Adebayor with violent conduct and served Robin Van Persie with a three-game suspension). Robin Van Persie then scored goals against Olympiacos F.C., Fulham F.C., Blackburn Rovers F.C., Birmingham City F.C., West Ham United F.C., and Tottenham. Van Persie's excellent form in October did not go unrecognised as Robin Van Persie was named Barclays Player of the Month for October, Robin Van Persie second such award. On 14 November, however, Robin Van Persie injured Robin Van Persie ankle in an international friendly and was initially expected to be out for six weeks, but further tests showed that Robin Van Persie would be out for five months. Van Persie made Robin Van Persie return on 14 April, in a 2–1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. Robin Van Persie then scored a header against Blackburn Rovers in the 2–1 defeat, and a goal assisted by Theo Walcott in the 4–0 win over Fulham F.C. in the last league game of 2009–10 season.

2010–11

Before the start of the 2010-11 in English football, Van Persie changed Robin Van Persie squad number to 10, previously worn by Arsenal and Netherlands legend Dennis Bergkamp. Robin Van Persie made Robin Van Persie 200th appearance on 28 August but an ankle injury suffered in the same game placed Robin Van Persie on the sidelines once again. Robin Van Persie returned as a substitute for Arsenal's 0–1 defeat to Newcastle United F.C. on 7 November.

On 1 January 2011, Van Persie scored Robin Van Persie first goal of the season in a 3–0 away win over Birmingham City. On 15 January, Robin Van Persie added two more goals to Robin Van Persie tally in a comfortable 3–0 win over West Ham. This made Robin Van Persie only the fourth Dutchman to reach 50 goals in England's top division. and two goals against Newcastle United in a 4–4 draw on 5 February. Continuing Robin Van Persie fine form, Robin Van Persie hit a brace the following week against Wolverhampton Wanderers scoring both Arsenal goals in a 2–0 win including a volley from inside the box. The ten goals Robin Van Persie scored between 1 January and 12 February set a new Premier League record for most goals scored in the first two months of a calendar year.

Van Persie set the Emirates alight with a goal from an almost impossible angle in Arsenal's fightback against FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League 2010-11 which ended 2–1 in favour of the Gunners. On 27 February 2011, Van Persie captained Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in the League Cup final, scoring the first half equalizer for the Gunners. It was Robin Van Persie first goal at Wembley and Robin Van Persie first in a cup final for Arsenal. However, Robin Van Persie was later taken off in the second half with a knee injury Robin Van Persie picked up while scoring the goal.

On 1 March 2011 Robin Van Persie was ruled out for 3 weeks which would see Robin Van Persie miss the Champions League return leg with Barcelona. However, Robin Van Persie recovered in time for the return leg at Camp Nou. During the game, Robin Van Persie received a yellow card in the first half for a foul. In the second half, Robin Van Persie was sent off after Robin Van Persie received a second yellow card when the referee, Massimo Busacca, deemed Robin Van Persie to be time-wasting by taking a shot at goal after the whistle was blown (one second earlier) for offside. Barcelona went on to score twice more and advanced to the quarter finals on a 4–3 aggregate result. Afterwards, Van Persie described the Busacca's decision as a "total joke", claiming that with the noise of the 95,000-strong crowd Robin Van Persie could not hear the whistle. On 19 March 2011, Robin Van Persie scored the equalizing goal in a 2–2 against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. The match finished 2–2 with Arsenal still five points behind the current leaders, Manchester United.

On 10 April 2011 in a match against Blackpool, Van Persie put in a man of the match performance to give Arsenal a crucial 3–1 win as Van Persie set up a goal and scored the 3rd. On 24 April 2011, Van Persie became the first player to score in seven successive Premier League away games when Robin Van Persie scored against Bolton, beating Didier Drogba's record who was on six successive away games, between August and November 2009. However, the Gunners lost 2–1, all but ending their title hopes. On 1 May Robin Van Persie assisted Aaron Ramsey who scored the winning goal against league leaders Manchester United to add a twist to the Premier League. Van Persie was named EA Sports Player of the Month for April.

On 8 May 2011, Arsenal lost 3–1 against Stoke City F.C. at the Britannia Stadium, Van Persie scored the goal for Arsenal and with that goal Van Persie extended Robin Van Persie Premier League record by scoring in an eighth successive away match. On the last home game for the season Van Persie scored against Aston Villa, but Arsenal lost the match 2–1. On the last game of the season away to Fulham, Van Persie managed to score in Robin Van Persie ninth consecutive away match, bringing Robin Van Persie goal tally for the season to a personal record of 18 league goals. Robin Van Persie also equalled the record held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry by scoring 18 league goals from the turn of the year to the end of the season. Robin Van Persie ended the season just two goals behind joint league top scorers, Carlos Tévez and Dimitar Berbatov in the race for the golden boot, despite being injured for half of the season. Robin Van Persie was voted as the second best player of the 2010–11 season on Arsenal's official website and also received the team's Goal of the Season award for Robin Van Persie audacious strike in the 2–1 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League.

2011–12

Having been appointed vice-captain for the 2010–11 season, Van Persie was promoted to club captain following the transfer of Cesc Fàbregas to FC Barcelona at the start of the 2011–12 season. On 24 August, Van Persie scored Robin Van Persie first goal of the 2011–12 season in the second leg of Arsenal's 2–1 away victory against Udinese Calcio in a Champions League play off match. On 24 September 2011, Van Persie scored twice against Bolton Wanderers F.C. to raise Robin Van Persie tally for Arsenal to 100 goals, Robin Van Persie became the 17th Arsenal player to reach this milestone. Robin Van Persie also scored the fastest goal, 28 seconds, in a league match against Sunderland on 16 October 2011. Robin Van Persie then went on to score a late winner from a curling left foot freekick, with minutes remaining to put Arsenal 2–1 ahead. After the match, Van Persie stated Robin Van Persie dedication to the club after speculation surrounding a future transfer away from the Emirates. On 23 October, Van Persie came on as a substitute on the 66th minute replacing Marouane Chamakh and scored two goals against Stoke City. The match ended 3–1 with another home win for Arsenal. Robin Van Persie then continued Robin Van Persie scoring run for Arsenal on 29 October by scoring a hat-trick in Arsenal's 5–3 victory against Chelsea F.C. at Stamford Bridge (stadium). Due to Robin Van Persie consistent performances and good goal-scoring form, Van Persie was named the Premier League Player of the Month for the month of October. Van Persie continued scoring as Robin Van Persie scored Arsenal's opening goal of the match in their 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion F.C. on 5 November along with two assists. Then after the international break Van Persie continued Robin Van Persie scoring run in the Premier League by score two goals against Norwich City F.C. to help Arsenal to a 2–1 win on 19 November 2011. In Van Persie's fifth Champions League match of the season Robin Van Persie scored twice in the 49th and 86th minute to lift Arsenal to a 2–1 victory over Borussia Dortmund and to qualify Arsenal for the knockout phase of the Champions League on 23 November 2011.

Then after failing to score against Fulham F.C., Van Persie scored again for Arsenal, this time against Wigan Athletic F.C. to make the score 4–0 to Arsenal on 3 December 2011. Robin Van Persie then added to Robin Van Persie tally with the only goal of the game against Everton F.C, an exquisite volley from an Alex Song long ball. The following match, versus Aston Villa, saw Robin Van Persie score a penalty and provide an assist. Van Persie's final goal of the 2011 calendar year came in Arsenal's one-goal win over Queens Park Rangers on the last day of the year. The goal took Robin Van Persie tally for the year to 35 goals, one short of Alan Shearer's English Premier League record.

The following calendar year started in the same fashion for van Persie, but Arsenal began to falter, losing three on the trot at Fulham, Manchester United and Swansea, even though van Persie scored in the latter two. On 29 January, Robin Van Persie rescued Robin Van Persie team, scoring two penalties against Aston Villa to help Arsenal to a 3–2 win after falling 2–0 down in a Man of the Match performance. It was also Robin Van Persie 120th goal in an Arsenal shirt, equalling fellow Dutch legend Dennis Bergkamp's total. On 4 February, Robin Van Persie scored another hat-trick as Arsenal beat Blackburn 7–1 at home, with three close-range goals from crosses by Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin. Robin Van Persie was also credited with two assists in the game as Robin Van Persie set up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's first Premier League goal and unselfishly passed to Thierry Henry enabling Robin Van Persie to score Robin Van Persie first Premier League goal since returning on loan. With Arsenal in unpredictable form, van Persie was again of supreme importance for Arsenal, this time in the North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur, played on 26 February. Arsenal went 2–0 down at half in the first half, but Van Persie equalized before half-time. In the second half, Van Persie gave the assist to Walcott's goal as Arsenal performed a remarkable comeback to win the game 5–2. A week later, Van Persie scored both goals in a 2–1 away win at Liverpool, one being a left foot volley assisted by Alex Song which was similar to the one Robin Van Persie scored against Everton earlier in the campaign. As of 6 March 2012 Van Persie was the top goal-scorer in the Premier League with 25 goals, and Arsenal's 8th all-time top scorer with 127 goals.

International career

Van Persie was a U-21 international and took part in the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification. Van Persie was used in a wider role as a left wing due to the preference of the experienced Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the striker role. The Jong Oranje failed to qualify for the 2004 tournament and Van Persie did not participate in the latter as Robin Van Persie was already in the senior squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Robin Van Persie earned Robin Van Persie first caps for the Netherlands national football team in less than the span of a week, first in a 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) win over Romania national football team on 4 June 2005, and in another qualifier four days later against Finland national football team, which saw Robin Van Persie pick up Robin Van Persie first international goal in a 4–0 victory.

2006 FIFA World Cup

Despite not being a regular starter for Arsenal, Van Persie was part of coach Marco van Basten's roster for the 2006 World Cup finals. Robin Van Persie played in all four of the Netherlands' matches and scored Robin Van Persie only goal in the group stage against Côte d'Ivoire national football team via a free kick as Oranje were eliminated in the Round of 16.

UEFA Euro 2008

Van Persie scored a team-best four UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying goals, and was deployed as a winger behind lone striker Ruud van Nistelrooy during the tournament after van Basten decided to change to a 4–2–3–1 formation. As Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart were preferred in the midfield, Van Persie was left to battle with Arjen Robben for the remaining spot on the wing. On 13 June, Robin Van Persie scored as a 55th-minute substitute in a 4–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Group C victory over 2006 World Cup finalists France national football team, and started the next match against Romania national football team, scoring off a pass from Demy de Zeeuw with an excellent volley into the back of the net. Robin Van Persie finished with two goals as the Netherlands finished atop their group but again suffered a first knock-out round, second stage elimination.

Post-Euro 2008

Van Persie scored in the friendlies played against Russia national football team and Sweden national football team, and also scored a header in a World Cup qualifying match against Scotland national football team, which stirred debate whether Robin Van Persie should be taking corners or receiving them. Robin Van Persie was injured during that match and was substituted early in the second-half.

2010 FIFA World Cup

Van Persie was included in the preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. On 27 May 2010, Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk announced that Robin Van Persie was in the final squad of 23 participating in the competition. Van Persie was in the starting line-up for their first match in the competition, a 2–0 victory over Denmark national football team. On 24 June, Robin Van Persie scored the first goal against Cameroon national football team in a 2–1 win to ensure that the Netherlands finished as 2010 FIFA World Cup Group E winners, and was officially named the man of the match. Robin Van Persie started every match for the Oranje, though Robin Van Persie did not increase Robin Van Persie goal tally following the match. However The Oranje reached the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, in which Robin Van Persie was on the losing side due to Andrés Iniesta's extra time goal.

UEFA Euro 2012

On 2 September 2011, Van Persie scored four goals in a record breaking 11–0 victory over San Marino. Robin Van Persie entered the Dutch national team top 10 all-time topscorer ranking with a tally of 25 goals, dislodging Marco van Basten in the process. Van Persie had not scored 4 goals in a single match for a long while.

Personal life

Van Persie was born on 6 August 1983 in a multi-ethnic area of Rotterdam to an artistic family. José Ras, Robin Van Persie mother, is a painter and jewelry designer who also teaches children with special needs. Bob, Robin Van Persie father, is a sculptor. After Van Persie's parents divorced Robin Van Persie was brought up by Robin Van Persie father. At school, Van Persie was one of the most misbehaved children and was excluded from class almost daily. Sandra Krijgsman, a former Miss Nigeria Holland winner claimed she was attacked by Van Persie in a hotel. Robin Van Persie was held for fourteen nights in prison while the police investigated the allegations made against Robin Van Persie but was then released without charge, though Robin Van Persie was still under suspicion. In February 2006, the case against Van Persie was dismissed by the Dutch Public Prosecution Service after they completed their investigations stating that no sexual contact with coercion happened, with Van Persie's accuser later admitting she had made up the story to gain publicity. Van Persie spoke of Robin Van Persie ordeal several months later, saying how degrading the experience was and how Robin Van Persie was treated like a criminal despite Robin Van Persie innocence. Robin Van Persie revealed that conditions in the prison were so hot that they caused Robin Van Persie to lose consciousness. It also emerged that over 200 Rotterdam police officers had attempted to view Robin Van Persie case files, with the vast majority of them unauthorised to do so.

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Style of play

Van Persie started Robin Van Persie senior club career as a left winger and possessed exceptional dribbling skills and was also a talented striker of the ball. Robin Van Persie was bought by Arsenal F.C. as a long term replacement for Dennis Bergkamp. Manager Arsène Wenger planned to convert Van Persie from a left winger to a centre forward as Robin Van Persie had successfully done with star player Thierry Henry. Robin Van Persie was at first mostly deployed as a second striker in Football League Cup and FA Cup matches. Due to the retirement of Bergkamp and departure of Freddie Ljungberg, Van Persie was given a starting role to play alongside Henry as a second striker. Van Persie impressed in this position, having many assists and goals to Robin Van Persie name. Van Persie is described by Wenger as Bergkamp with goals. Van Persie is highly regarded for Robin Van Persie dribbling and shooting technique, but has become prone to injury. Van Persie has become a pivotal figure for club and country and this was recognized when Robin Van Persie was named Arsenal Player of The Season for the 2008–09 Arsenal F.C. season. Van Persie's 50th Premier League strike made Robin Van Persie only the fourth Dutchman to reach 50 goals in England's top division, along with Bergkamp, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The departure of Emmanuel Adebayor and Henry meant the Dutchman was now the main striker in Wenger's 4–3–3 system, though Van Persie often drops in the midfield to use Robin Van Persie vision and passing skills to create chances for other attacking players in the midfield such as Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott. Van Persie topped the goal assists leader board with 11 assists in the 2008–09 Premier League season. Van Persie is also a set piece specialist and a vast number of Robin Van Persie assists come from both corners and freekicks. Robin Van Persie is also a proven direct freekick taker scoring regularly for Robin Van Persie club and country.

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