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Van Persie wins Premier League Golden Boot

posted 15 May 2012, 14:30 by Sportech Nz

Robin van Persie has been awarded the Premier League Golden Boot after a superb campaign in which he has scored 30 league goals in 37 games.

The Arsenal captain enjoyed a sensational season, winning both the PFA Player of the Year award and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award.

On Sunday, the Dutch striker collected his third prize of the campaign after becoming just the seventh Arsenal player to reach 30 league goals in a season, and only the third in the post-war era after Thierry Henry in 2003/04 and Ronnie Rooke in 1947/48.

Champions League 2012/13 Qualifiers

Wojciech Szczesny believes Arsenal’s third-place finish defied most people’s expectations after their disappointing start to the season.

Arsène Wenger’s side will be playing Champions League football next season after tying up automatic qualification with a 3-2 win at West Brom on Sunday.

Arsenal lost four of their first seven matches in the Premier League and Szczesny says those circumstances ultimately make this campaign a success.

The 2013 UEFA Champions League Final will be played at Wembley Stadium, London on 25 May 2013. A great incentive for the four English teams to do well in the next campaign.

Who will the four English teams be?

At the time of writing there are three automatic qualifiers from the English Premier League: Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal. The fourth placed team in the EPL – Tottenham Hotspur – would normally take the fourth EPL place in the Champions League.

However, the winner of the 2012 Champions League Final, to be played this coming weekend, gets automatic entry into next season’s campaign. Only four teams from the EPL are permitted. So, if Chelsea beats Bayern Munich then Chelsea qualifies for next season’s UCL and poor Spurs get knocked out by Chelsea before the competition has even started. If Bayern Munich wins the CL Final then Tottenham Hotspur will get the fourth EPL place in the 2012/13 Champions League. No need to guess which team Spurs want to win.