- Published on Monday, 23 April 2012 14:15
- Written by Palmer Ogheneyole Nathaniel
Arsenal Striker, Robin Van Persie 28, has clinched the English Premiership Professional Footballers Award (PFA) for the 2011/2012, while 21years old Tottenham and England defender Kyle Walker defeated two others to emerge youngest best
footballer of the season.
Van Persie, a Dutch Nationale was signed by Coach Arsene Wenger of Arsenal from his Village club Feyenord in 2004 for €2.8 million. He scored a total of 27 goals this season in what appeared to be his best in Emirate, to take his total of caps to 62.
An elated Van Persie upon recipient of the gong couldn't hide his joy after and appreciated his team mates especially England's Theo Walcot whom he noted assisted him in going this far.
''If other people are saying it, it is special, but it is even more special if your opponents are saying it.
It is very special because you are playing against them week in week out and every single player does everything to win and in the end if they make up their minds that I'm the best player it is a big honour", he said.
Continuing, ''I must also appreciate my Team mate whom I dedicalte the award to. Without them I could not have achieved it. For example Theo Walcott, he has given me more than 12 assists and I do really appreciate that", he concluded.
English Premiership Professional Footballers Award is given out annually almost at the end of the season. The award has been presented since the 1973–74 season and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst the members of the players' trade union, the Professional Footballers' Association.
The immediate past holder of the award is Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur. The first winner of the award was Leeds United defender Norman Hunter. As of 2011, only Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo have won the award on two occasions.