* Name: Robin van Persie
* Position: Forward
* Date of birth (age): 06/08/1983 (26)
* Country: Netherlands
* Club: Arsenal ( England ENG )
* Height: 183cm
* Weight: 71kg
* UEFA competition debut:
* Club: UEFA Cup (Fourth Round)
21/02/02: Rangers 1 – 1 Feyenoord
* National team: European Under-17 Championship (Qualifying round)
08/03/00: Netherlands 1 – 1 Turkey
41 appearances, 14 goals
2006: 4 apps, 1 goal

The son of a painter and a sculptor, Robin van Persie developed a reputation as a prodigy almost as quickly as that of a brat. He was impossible to handle in the early stages of his career. That led to a never-ending conflict with then-Feyenoord manager Bert van Marwijk, who is now his manager with the Netherlands, and van Persie took a shortcut to an early exit from the professional ranks. Scooped up by Arsenal for a fraction of his worth in 2004, van Persie settled down with his Dutch-Moroccan wife, purportedly converted to Islam and grew into a superb attacker, capable of playing on either wing, up front or behind the striker.

Scouting thumbnail: Clever, lithe attacker who can play as a striker or in the hole. Needs work on his heading ability but possesses every other tool in pace, finishing and long-range shooting. from soccernet.espn.go.com

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