Ten of the best: RVP Goals (Part Two)

So this could be the end of Robin van Persie’s love affair with Arsenal.

After signing for the Gunners back in 2004, the Dutchman is looking likely to call time on an eight-year relationship with his current employers.

His tenure in North London may have seen scandal, a lot of injuries, but it also saw one heck of a lot of goals; 132 to be precise.

His brace against Bolton Wanderers towards the beginning of his season helped him rack up his century, before going on to add another 32 strikes.

Van Persie’s goals over the last few years have been like gold dust to the Gunners especially over the past 18 months.

And being Dutch means that there have been some crackers along the way.

Here is Part Two of the Top 10 RVP goals.

6. Vs Barcelona (Champions League – 16/02/2011)

Barcelona travelled to the Emirates a year after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw and were determined to set the record straight. David Villa had put the Catalan club a goal to the good before Van Persie slammed in a near post leveller to set up Arsenal for a famous win and send the Gunner’s faithful into delirium.


5. Vs Blackburn Rovers (Premier League – 26/11/2005)

Another against Blackburn and this one put the icing of the cake for Arsenal in their last meeting with Rovers at Highbury. With the match already won, the Dutchman turn away from the opposition, raced down the right before turning back on to his left peg to launch a devastating lob into the top corner.

4. Vs Everton (Premier League – 28/01/2009)

Everton led the Gunners at Goodison Park with the 90 minutes all but up. Arsenal, in desperation, hit a long ball forward which the striker rifled into the back of the net to rescue his side a point with a goal that contained brilliant skill to bring the ball down and away from the defender and the composure to smash in the finish from a tight angle.


Matt Cotton


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