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20 Van-tastic facts about Robin Van Persie

by Paddy Power Admin | August 19, 2012

SO LONG: RVP could make his debut for Manchester United on Monday against Everton

  1. Robin Van Persie 37 goals in 45 starts for Arsenal in the 2011/12 season.
  2. He made just 20 tackles for Arsenal in the league last season but committed 30 fouls.
  3. Scored 18 goals from January 1 to the end of the season in 2011, a record for a Premier League striker.
  4. The Dutch striker has scored three hat-tricks in his Arsenal career, against Blackburn and Wigan at home, and last season away at Chelsea in the 5-3 thriller.
  5. Van Persie has been sent off four times in his eight years at Arsenal. In the same time at Manchester United Wayne Rooney has only seen red twice.
  6. Does the striker struggle against the big teams? He’s faced the Manchester clubs on 24 occasions and only found the onion bag five times.
  7. Of all his attempts on goal last season 58% of them found the target.
  8. Not just a goal threat, RVP played on average more than two key passes every game for his team-mates.
  9. Has scored three hat-tricks in his Arsenal career, against Blackburn and Wigan at home, and last season away at Chelsea in the 5-3 thriller.
  10. He will have been sad to see Blackburn relegated last season after scoring 13 times in 13 games against Rovers.
  11. Of the clear-cut chances created for him last year he buried 68% of them. Clinical.
  12. He was an influential leader last year picking up the man of the match award 13 times.
  13. Has an 85% success rate from the spot in an Arsenal shirt.
  14. Made his debut for Holland in a 2-0 World Cup qualifier win against Romania on June 4, 2005.
  15. Has scored five goals in nine appearances against Everton and is likely to renew that rivalry at some stage on Monday night for Manchester United.
  16. Cost Arsenal £2.75m when he was signed from Dutch club Feyenoord when signed in 2004.
  17. Originally played on the left-wing before converting to a centre-forward.
  18. Started every match at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where Holland were beaten by Spain in the final.
  19. Described the 8-2 defeat to Manchester United as one of the worst matches of his life.
  20. Relies almost exclusively on his left-foot for his incisive passing and shooting. 

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