Robin Van Persie: The 10 Best Moments of His Career
Robin van Persie is one of the marquee players for Arsenal, having taken residence at the North London club since 2004.
Before his tenure at the Gunners, he played for Feyenoord, one of the local teams in the Netherlands. There he plied his trade and was a versatile left-footed winger for them, though he had quite a temper that got him in trouble quite often.
He is also one of the many great players the graces the current Dutch national side, providing amazing appearances for them, despite the injuries he has picked up for his national side over the years.
In his sparkling career thus far, this 28-year-old has provided many great moments while playing the beautiful game.
Here are his 10 best moments so far.
Van Persie Goal Against Blackburn
This individual effort deserves a nod on its own.
Demonstrating his immense skill on the ball, van Persie takes on Robbie Savage and the majority of the Blackburn back line and blasts home a strike off the far post, at an almost impossible angle.
With this goal, No. 18 of his career at Arsenal, he helped to make the final year of Arsenal's residency at Highbury a fantastic one.
Another Wonder Goal, Against Aston Villa
This isn't becoming a goals compilation, but the man has scored some sweet ones in his career.
This slightly lesser known goal highlights his immaculate ability to control the ball, take on defenders and goalkeepers, as well as just being really pleasing to the eye.
With this last year at Highbury, both Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie, combined with the talents of Cesc Fabregas, Alexander Hleb and Emmanuel Eboue feeding them from the back and midfield, the year was made rather special.
Freekick Versus Ivory Coast
This is just a kick of sheer power.
Van Persie demonstrates his free kick ability by blasting a venomous strike over the Ivory Coast goalkeeper.
Poor 'keep. He never had a chance against a strike like that.
Van Persie's First Goal
In this rather hilarious interview with the man himself, he discusses his debut for Arsenal and his first goal for the Gunners.
Showing his cool head under pressure, he slotted in a squared pass across the top of the box into the bottom right-hand corner.
Of course, being rather new to the English game, he went to the wrong set of fans to celebrate on accident, infuriating quite a few City fans by doing so.
His former Arsenal compatriot, Adebayor, made up for it years later though, for the Citizens, I suppose.
Van Persie Goal Against Barcelona
With this master class effort, van Persie helped bring a victory to Arsenal at the Emirates.
Against, arguably, the best team on the planet, the Flying Dutchman managed to put one between Victor Valdez's and the near post, thoroughly embarrassing the Spanish goalkeeper and putting things on level terms for Arsenal.
This goal eventually led to a victory for the home side, thus helping to cement van Persie's greatness at the club.
First Arsenal Hat Trick
Okay, okay. There are a few more goals.
Here's van Persie being his mercurial self with his first ever hat trick for the Gunners.
Not much more can be said about a man who is currently in the form of his life and has 31 goals in the 2011 calendar year.
With several well-worked chances from the Gunners, van Persie was able to pounce on opportunity after opportunity, giving him that match ball to put up on his mantle piece at home.
First Professional Football Game
In the Netherlands, Robin van Persie made his first professional footballing venture at the age of 17, being promoted from the youth squad rather early on.
With this increased responsibility came its share of hiccoughs and bumps in the road, of course. The Dutchman always seemed to be getting into trouble with his temper and temperament on the ball, but his skill and natural ability could not be denied by anyone on the Dutch side.
Thus beginning an amazing journey that has led him to being one of the top footballers in the world.
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After being named co-captain for the Arsenal side last season, van Persie was promoted to captain, after the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona.
With this new-found responsibility, most players shirk from their play, slack off slightly on their form and tend to not really fit into the leadership role very well.
This hasn't been the case, so far, for Captain Vantastic.
With a few games to get used to being the head honcho on the field, van Persie has led his side to five straight victories in the Premier League, with some fantastic results sprinkled in for good measure.
Signing for Arsenal in 2004
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On May 17th, 2004, Robin signed a four year contract for Arsenal for £2.75 million.
Though this was just over half of what his home club had offered him to stay, van Persie had looked to move away from the Netherlands to a larger club, like Barcelona or Arsenal.
With that said, his first appearance brought him some silverware, as he came off the bench for Arsenal, as they defeated Manchester United, three to one, in the FA Community Shield.
Such was the beginning of his career as a Gunner, where he would be crafted and molded by the skilled hands of the Professor, Arsene Wenger, from fearsome winger with an attitude, to clinical and mercurial striker.
Wonder Goal Against Charlton
The video truly speaks for itself.
Capping off a wonderful, flowing counterattack, van Persie has a once in a lifetime strike on goal.
Later to be labeled as goal of the month, this goal has been his main highlight of his left-footed striking abilities, as well as his wonderful strikes from the set piece.
With this sort of talent leading the Gunners, the future is looking much brighter in North London.