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Name Robin van Persie
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Football Coach
Desc The Dutchman is a contentious addition to any list of best Arsenal players after his acrimonious £24 million move to Manchester United, but there can be no doubting his world class ability. For three seasons, two in an Arsenal shirt, the former Feyenoord forward was firmly in the conversation as the finest out-and-out number nine on the planet


Org Dutch National Team
Club as Player Feyenoord
  Manchester United
  Arsenal FC

2009 09 13 Retrieve

[Van Persie accused Adebayor of executing a ‘mindless and malicious stamp’ on his face] He set out to hurt me. I do feel lucky that I have not received a greater injury. I knew he was aiming for a collision because he changed the angle of his body to allow contact to be made. The contact was only centimetres from my eye. I have not received an apology from him, there were no words exchanged afterwards. He had his own agenda

2011 11 23 Retrieve

[Prior to Saturday’s 2-1 win over Norwich City, which yielded two more Van Persie goals and yet another Walcott assist, the former Feyenoord striker spoke of the connection the duo shared] After every single goal, people ask me, ‘Who gave the assist?’ I just say, ‘Who do you think?’ We have that connection.

I know what he is going to do, which is very important. It’s vital to have a player around me, as a striker, who knows where I move, how I move, do I want the ball into feet, do I want it behind. He knows where to find me. Stuff like that is vital

2015 11 24 Tweet

[Robin van Persie admits he has not received an offer from Chelsea or Barcelona but insists he is devoted to Fenerbahce] There is a lot of talk about Chelsea and Barcelona but I have received no offers and I am dedicated to Fenerbahce

2015 12 29 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] My decision to come to Manchester was partly because of the presence of Ferguson, or excuse me, Sir Alex

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] I played with him for one year but it was a very special year: we won the league! The road to that title was very special. I could tell he’s a really special manager. One little example: When we were 15 points ahead, it was in February or March – we lost against City. We could have gone 18 points clear but still we were in a very good position. He was very hard on us, very angry. He made everyone aware that everybody had to give their all. The training was very hard that week, he was almost punishing us. We were 15 points ahead! But that showed me he was a really good manager

2016 02 03 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] When you see how he lives it’s a great example … he is fantastic on the pitch and off the pitch

2016 06 23 Retrieve

[on Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United] When I think of him as a footballer, Nemanja puts his head where other players are scared to put their feet. That’s Nemanja. At corners I’m always helping the defenders and he’s always close to me. I’ve seen him, time after time, diving with his head forward to block a ball. When I’m witnessing that, I’m scared for him. This is Nemanja. It’s unbelievable

2018 01 25 Tweet

[Robin van Persie on his new home] Amazing feeling 2be on the field again in our beautiful @Feyenoord shirt! Shame about the result,Sunday we go again! Thank u so much for the positive and supportive messages. To all of the supporters in the stadium last night, thank u for the warm welcome! #kippenvelmomentje

2018 10 27 Retrieve

[Robin van Persie revealed he is likely to hang up his boots with his current club Feyenoord at the end of the season] When I have to stop? That is probably at the end of this season. I will be 36 years old and will have been a professional for 18 years. From the age of five, I’ve only been involved in football

2019 08 17 Retrieve

[Dani Ceballos caught the eye on his full debut for Arsenal, with Robin van Persie billing him as ‘by far the best player on the pitch’ in their 2-1 win over Burnley] Ceballos was by far the best player on the pitch. He was making the game, creating, he wanted the ball constantly. He was just a joy to watch. He runs a lot. I think the stats tell you as well that he ran the most of all players, so that tells you that he’s alive, he’s there, he wants to play, he wants to create. He’s just a very positive player who’s having fun, you can see he’s having fun.

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[At home in the shadows between Henry and Patrick Vieira, Bergkamp was never the maestro of any one distinct fundamental. Yet when players speak about him, it’s like they’re attempting to analyse something other-worldly. A depth of understanding with a ball at his feet that, even to his fellow pros, felt hard to relate to] It was so beautiful. To me, it was plainly art

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[Saka’s ‘world class’ Arsenal assist leads to Bergkamp comparison] That type of pass is like from Ryan Giggs, Dennis Bergkamp, Paul Scholes, ordering your striker to move into that danger zone, it’s world class. This is not simple but he makes it look easy. Only the great players can make those passes. This is a pass with an idea, with intent, and this is what you want from your players. He’s really taken his chance and it’s nice to see a young kid really grab his chance, to play for his future and do it so well

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Arsenal lack mental strength to compete for trophies] What I believe is it is very important for Arsenal and for Mikel to find a way to fix the set pieces. Corners, set pieces, crosses, you’re always holding your breath and thinking: ‘Arsenal might concede’. You fix that with mental toughness. It’s like when I played with you [Ferdinand] and Vida [Nemanja Vidic], you would die to save the ball. You would put your head first, you would give everything to block the ball. That mentality is needed to compete for trophies. To be honest, I don’t really see that now and that’s not new either, we talked about this before and it was even an issue in my time there. You need to find defenders who want to do absolutely everything to block that ball. They should try to find those types of defenders. I’m not saying these guys are bad, but there is another level up if you want to win trophies.

If you play against David Luiz, I would go at him, almost try to bully him and to make physical contact with him and move around him, try to tease him a little bit because he is vulnerable. The first job you have to do is to defend, be solid and be trustworthy. If you have extra, you can dribble, do some nice passes, perfect. But he needs to focus on his job.