Robin van Persie: 4 Reasons the Dutchman Should Be the PFA Player of the Year

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Robin van Persie: 4 Reasons the Dutchman Should Be the PFA Player of the Year
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At the very least, he's got his manager's vote.

Perhaps after having glanced at his star striker's domestic goal tally during his morning "cafe," Arsene Wenger decided it was time to lend his voice to the debate.

Robin van Persie is "a strong contender" to be named the PFA Player of the Year was what he decided needed to be said. And when pressed, he believes Van Persie should win the award.

Twenty-six goals tends to lend quite a helping hand for argument's sake. (That's the number of goals Van Persie has so far in EPL play in 2011-12.)

While Manchester City's David Silva and Joe Hart both have legitimate claims for the award, according to Wenger, (interesting that those three players will face each other on Sunday), Van Persie should get the nod.

Here's Wenger's argument:

"Van Persie is a strong contender, certainly. His focus has always been very great but his consistent presence has not been fantastic.

“It is the first year he has really been consistently on the football and that explains why he deserves completely to be Player of the Year."

That's about as reverberating a ringing endorsement as you're likely to get from the stoic Frenchman, who does not normally make it a habit of hyping up his own players for the sake of, well, hype.

He does have a great point. Here are four others why Van Persie should be Gareth Bale's successor for the PFA Award.

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