Van Persie warning for Arsenal as he wins PFA players' award

Robin van Persie

Gunners told they must keep hold of Dutch striker if they want to win trophies

LAST UPDATED AT 10:41 ON Mon 23 Apr 2012

IT'S OFFICIAL. Robin Van Persie is the player of the year after winning the Professional Footballers Association award, and the striker was crowned at a ceremony in London on Sunday.

However, amid the celebrations there was a stark warning for the Gunners that they cannot afford to let the Dutch striker leave the Emirates.

Dutch legend Ruud Gullit was on hand to present the award to his compatriot and afterwards heaped praise on the 28-year-old who has scored 34 goals for Arsenal this season. Gullit said Van Persie was "vital to success" at Arsenal, who have not picked up any silverware since their FA Cup triumph in 2005.

"Arsenal need to win trophies and I think Van Persie wants to and he knows if he wants to become one of the legends of football he needs to win trophies and he will ask Arsene Wenger to strengthen the squad," said Gullit. "The team need to give him help."

Former Arsenal skipper Alan Smith seconded that emotion when he said that the Gunners "really need to" hold on to the Dutchman. "He is a class act and I can't see any reason why he can't score many more goals," enthused Smith, before adding the caveat: "If Arsenal can keep hold of him of course."

But despite Gullit's suggestion that Van Persie needs more support from the rest of the team, the player went out of his way to thank his Arsenal colleagues. He even picked out Arsenal's perennial enigma and Emirates whipping boy, Theo Walcott, for praise. "He has given me more than 12 assists and I do really appreciate that," said Van Persie.

The striker added that winning an award that is voted for by other players was special. "If they make up their minds that I'm the best player it is a big honour."

Manchester City midfielder David Silva came in second and United striker Wayne Rooney was third. The PFA young player of the year award went to Spurs and England defender Kyle Walker. · 

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I wonder if that deaf frenchman Arsene Wenger is listening 4/5 top quality players please.
No more cheap 2nd or 3rd rate or youngsters for tomorrow remember tomorrow never comes

Congratulations, van Persie! You are the best!

We have the best striker in england,wenger must bring in the players we need to keep him with us in the coming seasons.We are not far away from being a team capable of great things ,get the cheque book out and show the desire to keep the Van man

This prestigious award is a wake-up call to Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board to step up their acts in ensuring that RVP stays at any cost and also to ensure that the Gunners win major silverwares next season. Congratulations, RVP! You're a deserved winner.

I HOPE ARSENE WENGER WOULD NOT GIVE US THE FANS ANY EXGUSE AGAIN.WE WANT TO BUY THE PLAYERS TO SUPPORT VAN PERSIE.

UKEH S

Nice headline, you fùcking clowns.

If Wenger didn't listen when Henry was at Arsenal, there is little to no chance that he would listen now. Arsenal is in the business of buying cheap players from France and making a profit off them, not winning trophies. Why is this glaring fact so hard for Arsenal fans to understand?

Fan's need to understand that Wenger is just the fall guy.  It's the board that does all this not Wenger.  So for the people to not be protesting outside the office of the board is beyond me.  Instead you give it to the fall guy which is futile

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