Van Persie and Walker crowned PFA Players of the Year
Published 23:00 22/04/12 By Martin Lipton
Robin van Persie’s stellar season last night earned the Arsenal striker the PFA Player of the Year crown.
Van Persie took over the captain’s armband after Cesc Fabregas’ summer move to Barcelona, and has responded with a personal best of 34 goals so far this term.
The Dutch ace’s 27 top-flight strikes make him top scorer in the Premier League – just ahead of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney. Van Persie is the fifth Arsenal winner of the award, and the first since Thierry Henry picked up the trophy in 2003 and 2004.
Just like last year, when Spurs winger Gareth Bale was Player of the Year and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere was Young Player, there was a north London double.
Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker, who made his England debut under Fabio Capello, took the Young Player award. Both Walker and Van Persie were named in the PFA Team of the Year, which was dominated by Manchester City.
Roberto Mancini’s men had four players in the PFA team – England keeper Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Yaya Toure.
PFA Team: Hart (Man City); Walker (Spurs), Coloccini (Newcastle), Kompany (Man City), Baines (Everton); Silva (Man City), Parker (Spurs), Y Toure (Man City), Bale (Spurs); Van Persie (Arsenal), Rooney (Man Utd).