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Robin van PersieRobin van Persie (born 6 August 1983) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a striker for Arsenal and the Dutch national team. He is a youth product of Feyenoord. Having joined Arsenal in 2004, Van Persie became the club captain on 16 August 2011. His playing style and ability have drawn comparison to Dutch legend Marco van Basten.

The son of two artists, Van Persie was encouraged to follow in his parents' footsteps, but he instead preferred football and joined SBV Excelsior's youth squad.He made his breakthrough at his hometown club Feyenoord, where he spent three seasons and won the 2002 UEFA Cup. He was named the Dutch Football Talent of the Year for the 2001–02 season. Disagreements with coach Bert van Marwijk culminated in a change of club and Van Persie moved to Premier League side Arsenal for £2.75 million in 2004 as a long-term replacement for Dennis Bergkamp. He won the FA Community Shield and the FA Cup in his first season with the London club and went on to win the 2006 Rotterdam Sportsman of the year award. Van Persie has been named Premier League Player of the Month thrice. Van Persie topped the goal assists leader board with 11 assists in the 2008–09 Premier League.

Van Persie was a Dutch Youth International. Van Persie made his senior international debut in 2005 in a friendly match against Romania. One month later, he netted his first senior international goal in a 4–0 win over Finland. Van Persie has had 60 caps and has scored 25 goals for the Netherlands. He has participated in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups and UEFA Euro 2008.

Van Persie was born on 6 August 1983 in a multi-ethnic area of Rotterdam to an artistic family. José Ras, his mother, is a painter and jewelry designer who also teaches children with special needs. Bob, his father, is a sculptor. After Van Persie's parents divorced he was brought up by his father. At school, Van Persie was one of the most misbehaved kids and was excluded from class almost daily. After joining Arsenal in England, Van Persie settled in Hampstead, a town situated in North London. Van Persie is married to his long-time girlfriend Bouchra. The couple have two children; A boy named Shaqueel and daughter Dina. Van Persie was accused of raping a Dutch beauty queen in 2005. Although Van Persie was found to have lied about the events of that night, the rape allegations were not proven. He was released without being charged and later said the two weeks imprisonment he experienced was degrading, claiming he was treated like a criminal despite his innocence. He said conditions in the prison were so hot they caused him to lose consciousness.

Van Persie uses Twitter to communicate with his fans.

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