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Van Persie wins Premier League Golden Boot

16:12 BST 14/05/2012
The Arsenal captain finished the campaign with 30 league goals, equalling former Gunners forward Thierry Henry's club record for a single season

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has scooped the Golden Boot Award for the 2011/12 Premier League season, beating Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero to the top spot.

The 28-year-old forward has received the award for the first time in his career, along with £30,000 to be given to a charity of his choice.

Van Persie's 30-goal haul has matched that of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry in 2003/04, and gives him his third accolade in recent weeks after he took both the PFA and Football Writers' Player of the Year awards.

The Dutchman has been key to the Gunners' success this season, scoring several vital goals which have secured Champions League football for the north London side. 

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Wayne Rooney finished runner-up to van Persie with 27 league goals, after seeing Manchester United team-mate Dimitar Berbatov pick up the award last year.

Two of Van Persie's strikes have been nominated for Goal of the Season, including a memorable volley against Everton at the Emirates Stadium back in December.