By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger says Robin van Persie is a “strong contender” for the PFA Player of the Year award.

The Dutch international has been in sensational form this season, firing 26 league goals to lead the way at the top of the scoring charts.

And Wenger believes his star striker would be a worthy winner of an individual prize.

“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.”

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