Robin van Persie (born
Netherlands) is a Dutch
footballer currently employed by English
FA Premier League team
Arsenal F.C. He is married to Bouchra van Persie. He is also a
Muslim convert, the result (it is believed) of a childhood friendship with his school's
Van Persie began as a youth player for Dutch side
Excelsior Rotterdam and later
Feyenoord Rotterdam, earning caps in the process for Holland's U-19 and U-21 squads. He was unexpectedly called up to Feyenoord's injury-plagued first-team squad soon after he signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the club in January
2002. These performances, including his playing an integral part in the 3-2
UEFA Cup final victory over
Borussia Dortmund at the
De Kuip on
2002, earned him the prestigious Best Young Talent award offered by the Dutch PFA for the 2001/02 season.
As a result of a back injury suffered during the summer of 2002, he was an uncertainty to start the new season, but showed no sign of such worries come the beginning of a season in which he scored 8 goals from 28
Dutch Cup games, as well as playing twice in the
UEFA Champions League. An expiration of his contract in 2005 meant van Persie would attempt, in vain, to sign a new contract. This, coupled with a disagreement with Feyenoord manager
Bert van Marwijk meant that he spent most of the next season as a fading light at the club.
Arsenal, undeterred by their previous rebuff during the January 2004 transfer window, made a move for the young Dutch striker at the end of the 2003/04 season. Van Persie also emerged as a target for
Werder Bremen, and
Sevilla. Arsenal fended off other club interest and signed van Persie, despite already having signed
José Antonio Reyes from Sevilla. Van Persie completed his move, believed to be in the range of £3 million, to the Premiership on
2004. Praised by Arsenal manager
Arsène Wenger for the strength of his talent, he made his debut for the team in the 3-1
FA Community Shield victory over rivals
Manchester United on
August 8, 2004. He is touted as Arsenal's long-term replacement for compatriot
He spent most of his time on the bench during earlier parts of the season and looked to have earned himself a permanent place there with his sending off against
Southampton which cost Arsenal two points, and caused Wenger to display uncharacteristic anger with van Persie. To his credit, van Persie redoubled his efforts in training during his suspension and was reintroduced in to the team when injuries to
Thierry Henry forced Wenger's hand. His return to the first team has been marked with numerous goals, the pinnacle of his achievements coming in the
FA Cup semi-final against
Blackburn Rovers where he scored two stunning goals to secure victory for Arsenal. He also scored the vital breakthrough goal against
West Bromwich Albion to help Arsenal secure second place in the Premiership after the Albion defence had proved difficult to break down.
On Monday June 13,
2005 van Persie was
Rotterdam on suspicion of
rape. According to
Jei Chen de Graaf, van Persie was being investigated relating to an incident that occurred over the previous weekend. Van Persie was then held for a fortnight, finally being released on
June 27 pending further enquiries. However van Persie bounced back from these accusations in his first game of pre season with two goals against Beveren. He also scored in a 2-0 win over
Newcastle United on the opening weekend of the Premiership.
ROBIN VAN PERSIE
PLAYS 4 THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD--MY PERSIE - LOVE YOU LOADS
hes the best
the new dennis bergkamp !!!!!!
van persie lives on -vvvvvvvvvvvvv
nazia thinks robin van persie is so fit
A great player you are Robin, keep it up
Van Persie is the best young striker in the World. First just
know where he comes from then you will know how amazing player he is. Holland
and Arsenal, they have been in my heart always and they will always be. FROM ME
Van Persie is a talented soccer player and we can all expect
to see more great things from this youngster. GO HOLLLAND!!!
very very of the best
robin rocks my world so back off bouchra
I LOVE ROBIN VAN PERSIE HE'S HOT!!!
Van Persie is a class soccer player and is innocent. They wee
false accusations. Fair play to him for bouncing back and getting on with his
life and progressing his career!!