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Robin van Persie (; born 6 August 1983) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a striker for Arsenal and the Dutch national team. He is a youth product of Feyenoord. Van Persie is highly regarded for his dribbling and shooting technique, but has become prone to injury.Van Persie has become a pivotal figure for club and country and this was recognized when he was named Arsenal Player of The Season for the 2008–09 season. Van Persie's 50th Premier League strike made him only the fourth Dutchman to reach 50 goals in England's top division along with Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. The son of two artists, van Persie was encouraged to follow in his parents' footsteps,but he instead preferred football and joined SBV Excelsior's youth squad. He made his breakthrough at his hometown club Feyenoord, where he spent three seasons and won the 2002 UEFA Cup. He was named the Dutch Football Talent of the Year for the 2001-02 season. Disagreements with coach Bert van Marwijk culminated in a change of club and van Persie moved to Premier League side Arsenal for £2.75 million in 2004 as a long-term replacement for Dennis Bergkamp. He won the FA Community Shield and the FA Cup in his first season with the London club and went on to win the 2006 Rotterdam Sportsman of the year award.Van Persie has been named Premier League Player of the Month twice. Van Persie topped the goal assists leader board with 11 assists in the 2008–09 Premier League. Van Persie has over 50 caps and has scored 21 goals for the Netherlands and made his senior international debut back in 2005. He has participated in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups and UEFA Euro 2008. Van Persie uses Twitter to communicate with his fans where he has more than 400,000 followers, only lower than Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere in the Arsenal squad.