The Flying Dutchman, they call him. While some at Arsenal might still have nothing but hatred for him, one cannot deny that Robin van Persie was a striker for all seasons. He was a goal machine in the true sense of the term. His conversion rates at Arsenal and Manchester United are maddening as is his trophy cabinet, one of the reasons he chose to join Manchester United in 2012 from Arsenal. We take a look at the Top 5 goals by the Dutchman for club and country.
Manchester United vs Manchester City, 2012-13 Premier League
This one is special for the opposition and for the timing of the goal. RVP took up a free kick 30 yards out in stoppage time in a Manchester derby locked at 2-2. The left footed shot rounded the wall, took a deflection and beat keeper Joe Hart at his far post. The goal stands to be even more special because City was one of the teams looking to lure van Persie away from Arsenal before he decided to join the Reds of Manchester.
Arsenal v Charlton Athletic, 2006-07 Premier League
A goal for the generations to remember, RVP scored an absolute screamer against minnows Charlton Athletic at the West Stand from a not so dangerous cross from the right. The Dutch striker made the chance his own, took an enormous risk of volleying with defending legs flying in and converted in what stands out to be his best Arsenal goal to date.
Arsenal v Everton, 2011-12 Premier League
A volley off immense measures. The Dutch striker was at it again as he smashed home from just around the box off a lofted pass from midfield. He replicated this goal for Arsenal against Liverpool in the same season. Yet, this remains special because of the timing of his run, his collection of the lofted ball and accurate finish.
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Manchester United v Aston Villa, 2012-13 Premier League
Robin van Persie had just been brought in from arch-rivals Arsenal and there was speculation whether that move would pay off for Manchester United. Van Persie went on to goals in the kilos and ended up giving Alex Ferguson yet another Premier League trophy at the twilight of his career. This was one of the best strikes of that season as RVP volleyed home from a cross from the right from Rooney.
Spain v Netherlands, 2014 FIFA World Cup
The goal of the 2014 World Cup undoubtedly, Robin van Persie scored a diving header over Iker Casillas from a deep cross from Daley Blind that set tounges wagging. The Dutch couldn’t replicate their performances of the 2010 World Cup, where they were the finalists, but this goal surely made fans remember RVP long after he was gone.