Robin Van Persie doubles up with football writers' award
Arsenal striker scoops second accolade in three days after winning over journalists
THE awards are starting to arrive as thick and fast as the goals for prolific Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie, who has been named the Football Writers' Association footballer of the year, two days after he was voted the players' player of the year.
Around 400 football journalists voted in the poll and the 28-year-old Gunners front man was the clear winner. According to the BBC: "He secured a landslide margin of victory in the voting ahead of Manchester United pair Wayne Rooney, in second place, and Paul Scholes in third. Fulham's Clint Dempsey finished fourth."
The Times notes: "It is the second time in three years that the winner of the PFA award has gone on to win the FWA prize, after Wayne Rooney achieved the feat in 2010."
Steve Bates, of The Sunday People who is chairman of the FWA, said: "The quality of his goals, attacking movement and consistency in a turbulent season for The Gunners has been eye-catching. The considerable size of his majority in the votes cast by our members reflected the general view that he has been the season's most outstanding individual performer."
Van Persie, who is one of the few Arsenal players who was at the club when they last won a trophy (the FA Cup in 2005) has scored 34 goals for the Gunners this season, including 27 in the Premier League.
He will be presented with the award at a ceremony in London next month.
Earlier this season Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger paid tribute to his striker and said: "It goes beyond my level of expectation with the number of goals he has scored... You have national class, international class and world class, and Robin is world class."
However, Arsenal could face a fight to hold onto the striker, who is out of contract at the end of next season. He has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester City and it was claimed today that his agent has held talks with Juventus.