Every football fan will have his or her favourite player when it comes to nominating the “Player of the Year” but, for me, the 2011/12 winner has to be Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie.
It would be equally straight-forward to make a case for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney or Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany but I’m sticking with the talented Dutch star.
Rooney’s incredible scoring record in his last 29 games (22 goals) has helped turn United’s season into a title challenge but he has had a good team with good playes round him. However, for me Van Persie has carried Arsenal on his own and, let’s not forget, last October Arsenal were in the bottom four and with Cesc Fabregas and Sami Nasri both moving on, things looked very bleak.
Indeed, Arsenal looked down and out and the critics were suggesting that it was the end for both the “Gunners” and Arsene Wenger.
So step forward the club’s Captain Fantastic and his 12 goals in the next eight games kick-started his side’s season and, if the truth be told, the Dutch international simply couldn’t stop scorin goals!
He literally dragged his team-mates along with him and Arsenal now look odds-on for a top four finish yet again.
The fact that this incredible recovery is down to one man is my reasoning for nominating Van Persie as the “Player of the Year.”
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