By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger has hailed Robin van Persie’s “exceptional achievement” in winning the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year awards.

The Dutchman has claimed both prizes over the past week after enjoying a remarkable campaign that has seen him score 34 times in all competitions.

And Wenger believes his captain fully deserves all the recognition that has come his way this year.

“It is down to his exceptional talent and to the fact he has had a really consistent presence in the team, which was not the case in the years before,” he told Arsenal Player.

“Also the team is organised to provide chances for Robin, and his exceptional movement and intelligence allows him to get on the end of what we create.

“He has had a special season and I think there is more to come from him. He deserves what he got and congratulations to him because it is remarkable what he has achieved when you look at the quality of players we have in England.

“He has been voted by the players, the managers and the writers as the best player in the country. It is an exceptional achievement.”

Van Persie has also provided 10 assists for team-mates in the Premier League, and Wenger was quick to salute this aspect of his game.

“That is what we like here, we never play just goalscorers,” he said. “We want to develop team play, so we like players who can contribute as well. That is why I think he has had a remarkable season.”

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player.

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27 Apr 2012