Arsenal striker Van Persie: I'm no troublemaker

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie says it's time his Dutch critics recognised the way he's turned his life around in London.

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie says it's time his Dutch critics recognised the way he's turned his life around in London.

He told Heroes magazine: "It's not like I don't go out in order to avoid problems. I just prefer being at home. Football takes me away from home for long enough and why should I require alcohol?

"What's the point of going to a club until 3am? It would only mean I wouldn't get enough sleep. The most important things in my life are Bouchra, my son, my family and football.

"Many still see me as the troublemaker I was at Feyenoord. In Rotterdam I went out a lot and had a good time. I struggled with my 'bad-boy' image.

"I've stopped the merry-making. I fell in with the wrong crowd. I don't want to blame anyone - but sometimes you need help. At Arsenal I've discovered how a professional club is run."

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