Robin van Persie
Squad Number: 11
Place of Birth: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Date Of Birth: 06/ 08/ 1983
Weight: 11st 2lbs
Yellow Cards: 7
Red Cards: 1
Minutes on Pitch: 2902
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Robin Van Persie was Arsenal’s first signing of the 2004 closed season. The 20 year old signed from Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of ï¿½3 million.
Van Persie is still only young (22-years-old) but is fast assuming the mould of the classic Dutch forward. Tall and strong with exceptional technical ability, the young Dutchman also has alarming pace which saw him take a place on the wing at Feyenoord. Van Persie is also reputed to be something of a dead ball specialist.
The Dutchman’s preferred position is ‘in the hole’ a la Dennis Bergkamp, though he was originally schooled as a left-winger. The 20 year old will likely be playing alongside his compatriot Bergkamp in his first season with Arsenal, but that will hardly quash rumours that the young striker is being lined up for the legendary number 10 shirt.
Arsenal beat several other teams in securing Van Persie’s signature including Sevilla, Werder Bremen, Shalke 04, Glasgow Rangers and PSV. Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger had originally tried to sign the Dutchman in the January transfer window but Feyenoord rejected the offer and Wenger signed Jose Reyes instead.
Robin Van Persie was born on August 6, 1983 in the West coast, industrial town of Rotterdam. The player remained faithful to his hometown and played for both Excelsior Rotterdam and then Feyenoord youth teams.
Van Persie has received caps for the Dutch national team at both U-19 and U-21 level. The forward is still waiting for his first senior call up, but this is believed principally to be because of personal problems with the Feyenoord manager, Bert van Marwijk.
In 2002 Van Persie signed a three and a half year deal with Feyenoord. And the player got his first appearance in January 2002 at the age of 18 due to injury shortages. In February of the same year Van Persie featured as a 57th minute substitute in the UEFA cup fourth-round, first-leg clash against Glasgow Rangers. He then played from the start in the return leg at Feyenoord, which the Dutch side won 3-2 thus booking their progress to the next stage. It was a competition that Feyenoord would win in that year, by beating Borussia Dortmund of Germany 3-2 in the final.
Van Persie suffered a back injury over the summer of 2002 but was back in training in time for the beginning of the 2002/2003 season. He went on to make 28 appearances in that season, scoring 8 goals. Feyenoord also finished runners up in the Dutch cup, whilst Van Persie made his first Champions league appearances.
Robin van Persie will undoubtedly strengthen Arsenal’s squad for the new season. The only question mark hanging over the young forward will be his attitude – the Dutchman is perceived as over confident and has had explosive arguments with his ex manger, Bert van Marwijk. He will have a tough challenge on his hands to even establish his place in an Arsenal side who went the length of the 2003/2004 season unbeaten.
However, on signing up for the Gunners Van Persie seemed keen to learn: “There were quite a few clubs who wanted me but I can learn everything about football at Arsenal,” he said.
And indeed, his first season in North London proved to be quite the learning curve as he played integral roles in many of Arsenal’s games.
All in all, he made 40 appearances, scoring ten goals along the way.
However, his fiery temprement got the better of him once again at a vital time in the season.
With Arsenal battling with Chelsea for the Barclays Premiership he recieved two yellow cards in a league game with Southampton. With Arsenal coasting, a goal and a man up at half-time, Van Persie’s red unbalanced the side and Southampton equalised, effectivly ending Arsenal’s title hopes.
Although injury and allegations of rape haunted van Persie’s 2005/06 season, he still managed to play 37 games for the Gunners and score 12 goals.
He also played a part in Holland’s World Cup campaign which ended in defeat to Portugal at the second round stage.
Van Persie enjoyed another successful season in 2006/07, but it was cut short in January 2007 when a metatarsal injury ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.
Injury continued to haunt Van Persie in 2007/08, but during a stop-start season he proved his worth several times and will be aiming to stay fit during 2008/09.
source : http://www.4thegame.com
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