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Arsenal striker Van Persie honoured to be named PFA Player of the Year

The Dutchman has enjoyed a sparkling season that has seen him net 27 goals in the Premier League so far and become the Gunners' most prolific player in a calendar year

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has insisted that it is a "big honour" to be named PFA Player of the Year.

Van Persie has had a magnificent season in front of goal, scoring 34 times in 43 appearances.

The Dutchman was also named in the team of the year alongside Wayne Rooney, and a host of Manchester City and Tottenham players.

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He BBC Sport: ''If other people are saying it, it is special, but it is even more special if your opponents are saying it.

"If they make up their minds that I'm the best player it is a big honour."

Van Persie also acknowledged his Gunners team-mates for their contribution to his fine campaign and admitted that he had gained confidence as the season had gone on.

"Without them [Arsenal team-mates] I could not have achieved it - for example Theo Walcott, he has given me more than 12 assists and I do really appreciate that," he continued.

"To be fair, when I first went there I wasn't really as confident and I wasn't really sure I could do it.

"It took a bit of time but after a couple of months I slowly realised I could do a good job there."

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