My career in pictures… Robin van Persie

By on January 12, 2011 - 24 views

6 August, 1983: Born near Rotterdam, Robin is the son of a sculptor and a painter.

August, 2001: Since his debut for Feyenoord as a 17-year-old, a series of rows between the coach, Bert van Marwijk, and the youngster, saw him thrown into the reserves.

17 May, 2004: van Persie signs a four-year deal with Arsenal for £2.75m and a year later scores a terrific spot-kick to help beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final on penalties.

17 May, 2006: Two years to the day he joined the Gunners, Robin is an used substitute in the Champions League final loss against Barcelona. However, he develops well under the guidance of fellow Dutchman, Dennis Bergkamp.

30 September, 2006: van Persie nets a wonderstrike against Charlton Athletic.

20 November, 2008: In a rich vein of form, the striker scores a brace against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, securing a famous 1-2 win.

3 January, 2009: Robin captains Arsenal for the first time in an FA Cup fixture against Plymouth Argyle.

11 July, 2010: van Persie helps the Netherlands to the World Cup final in South Africa. Unfortunately, they lose in extra time thanks to Andres Iniesta’s strike.

1 January, 2011: Back from another lengthy spell on the sidelines, RVP secures the first goal in a 3-0 win over Birmingham at St Andrews.

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