"He is very intelligent and talented but most of all he is passionate about the game"--Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger talking about Robin Van Persie in 2009.
Robin Van Persie's £2.75 million move from Eredivisie side Feyenoord to Arsenal in 2004 did not attract much attention. Eight years later, the news of his departure from Arsenal, confirmed by the player himself on his website, has attracted worldwide attention.
Under the tutelage of Wenger, van Persie was molded from a left winger to one of the most lethal strikers the world over.
For example, during the 2011 calendar year Van Persie scored 35 goals which was just one short of Alan Shearer's record of 36. In doing so he almost single handedly helped Arsenal to a credible third place finish, a feat that was unthinkable just six months previously.
During the 2010-11 season he became the first Premier league player to score in nine consecutive away games, a feat that has not been equaled or surpassed.