The Gunners award winning striker Robin van Persie has admitted he “will always feel a Gunner” no matter how the contract talks develop this summer.
The Dutchman has hailed the club that has transformed him into one of the most featured attackers in Europe, and with an amazing 27 goals to his name in the Premier league alone, he has rightfully received the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award to add to his PFA Player of the Year accolade.
Speaking at the FWA awards, he reminisced about the moment he first signed for the Gunners eight years ago using then vice-chairman David Dein’s ‘lucky’ pen:
[Dennis] Bergkamp signed with it. [Thierry] Henry did. [Patrick] Vieira did.
My heart was running hard for Arsenal. Whatever happens with me I’ll always feel a Gunner.
It makes me very proud to be here, I have seen the list [of previous winners], and for me, I never really thought I would be sitting here winning this trophy.
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But even this season I was not really thinking about winning a trophy for myself, I was just playing because I love it and for Arsenal to finish as high as possible in the league.
When I found out I had actually won it, I was a bit surprised, and was like ‘what me? really?’
It makes me really proud to be part of that history.
The writers know everything about the season because they have seen every single game, analysed ever goal, every move, they know everything about you.
They are doing interviews with me and other players, they get a clear picture of who is the best player, which is why it means so much that these guys have voted for me.
Naturally Van Persie is the centre of attention not only for his goal scoring escapades, but his future has dominated headlines this season with the Dutchman set to enter his final year of his contract and Wenger will be eager to tie his star player down to a new contract this summer.
But the 28-year-old admitted that they have not yet set a date to discuss his future at the Emirates, he added:
We still have to set a date after the end of the season for meeting with [Ivan] Gazidis and the boss [Arsene Wenger].
Arsenal are an unbelievable club and the player I am today is because of Arsenal.
I am quietly confident that Van Persie will sign fresh terms with the Gunners as he loves the club and has been in amazing form in a system that suits his style of play. Wenger has shown he intends to fight for top honours next season with the acquisition of Podolski and this should be enough for the Dutch talisman to commit the remainder of his professional career to the club that has made him into the superstar he is.
He has previously spoken about how happy his family is in London and has constantly discussed his love for Arsenal and its whole footballing environment. There is a lot of talent at the club and with a couple of good signings they will be a top, top team next season which Van Persie WILL be a part of!