Robin van Persie admitted he never thought he would be Footballer of the Year after collecting the Football Writers' Association prize at Thursday's gala dinner in London.
The Holland striker, 28, topped the poll of journalists with a landslide victory ahead of Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney in second place and his Old Trafford team-mate Paul Scholes third, with Fulham's Clint Dempsey fourth.
"It makes me very proud to be here, I have seen the list [of previous winners], and for me, I never really thought I would be sitting here winning this trophy," Van Persie said. "But even this season I was not really thinking about winning a trophy for myself, I was just playing because I love it and for Arsenal to finish as high as possible in the league.
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2012, All Rights Reserved.