Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Friday that striker Robin van Persie is a “strong contender” for the PFA Player of the Year award, according to the team’s website.
“Van Persie is a strong contender, certainly,” said Wenger. “His focus has always been very great but his consistent presence has not been fantastic. It is the first year he has really been consistently on the football and that explains why he deserves completely to be Player of the Year. [Manchester City’s] David Silva has a chance, Joe Hart as well.” This season, van Persie has 26 goals to lead Arsenal.