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Robin van Persie set to hang up his boots

Former Arsenal and Manchester United star Robin van Persie has announced that he is to retire at the end of the season.

The 35-year old, back playing in his native Holland with Feyenoord, the club where he made his debut as a 17-year old, has announced that this will be his last season in professional football, saying “When I have to stop? That is probably at the end of this season,” he said.

“I will be 36 years old and will have been a professional for 18 years. From the age of five, I’ve only been involved in football.”

Van Persie moved to England in 2004 and spent 8 years at Arsenal, helping the club win the FA Cup in 2005. A controversial move to bitter rivals United in 2012 followed, and his goals helped Sir Alec Ferguson win his final Premier League title that season.

He left Manchester in 2015 for Turkish side Fenerbahce, before re-joining Feyenoord earlier this year.

A former Dutch international, he scored 50 goals in 102 appearances for his country.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.