THE MAN WITH VAN
is the most important thing. If he’s enjoying what I am doing, then that is great.
“If the staff and the coaches are happy, that’s all I want.
“I’m enjoying playing football at the moment. I’m still only 22 – I turn 23 on Friday – so there is a lot to come from me.
“I feel great, I’ve never played so much in my life on a consistent level for 90 minutes.”
Van Persie struck his 33rd goal of the season against Newcastle. And Walcott added: “Without a doubt he has to be Player of the Year for me. Everything is going his way.
“The most important thing is that he is injury-free. When I was on the treatment bed alongside him in previous years, it was such a shame to see so much talent wasted.
“He has made up for lost time, I am sure of that, and it is massive. Does he give us an advantage over Tottenham and Chelsea? Well, you just give him anything and he will put it away – left foot, right foot and he has scored a couple of headers as well.
“He makes it look easy and it’s really not.
“Wayne Rooney is still several goals behind him and has had a fantastic season as well.
“It just shows you how good this man is.”