As much as it pains me to say it, I cannot deny that Robin Van Persie is a special talent and arguably one of best strikers in the Premiership. He has scored 25 goals in 26 league games in 2011 and 29 in his last 34 appearances in all competitions, a remarkable and commendable record for any striker to be proud of.
He has become a pivotal figure in his own rights for both club and country. After a troubling, uncertain and rather chaotic start to the season, the decision to hand Robin the captain’s armband is a timely gesture of Robin’s status to all that is arsenal. Robin is looked at as the beacon of hope by many and has done wonders to re-establish belief in arsenals season.
As well as being a prolific goal-scorer he gives everyone else confidence and instils belief in both players and fans. What is evident is that Van Persie remains the last hope for Arsenal and their fans. If he were to join the Arsenal exodus Arsenals’ fear factor would surely leave with him.
Van Persie was inspired to learn from club legends Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry. Under the watchful eye, he has learnt to adopt both their styles and created a mixture of his own based on the two.Van Persie is the last striker Gunner fans rely on for their attacking spark.
He has seen friends and some of the greatest players leave the club, but his love for the club has shone through despite all of that. Van Persie puts maximum effort and commitment into every game. The match against Sunderland totally epitomises his influence and impact on the team. Suffering from a muscle strain pre match it was agreed between robin and Wenger that he would come on as an impact substitute and what an impact Robin had; 2 goals in 9 minutes put stoke to the sword as Robin once again showed he was to be arsenals knight in shining armour.
The Dutchmen has many attributes, not only he has brilliant vision, an immaculate first touch to hold up the ball and play in others from the midfield. He is not a goal poacher like some; he likes to be in the hub of everything, but in the same time has the instincts of a natural goal-scorer. Unlike Henry, the Dutchmen is not blessed with blistering pace but he has the ability to gain that extra yard of space to get in on the goals. His 25 goals in 26 appearances speaks for itself. He has a deathly left foot and wields it like a magician’s wand, and is a player who will always turn a game on its head. Why? Because he loves Arsenal, that’s what makes him so special.
With his ability and ambitions, it’s quite surprising he still plays for a club like Arsenal. However what makes him so different to the other players that have previously left is that he sacrifices glory with the biggest clubs in the world, because he has a dream to win these trophies with Arsenal. Its players like him that give Arsenal a reason to keep on believing.