ARJEN ROBBEN

Arjen Robben


Arjen Robben joined Chelsea in the summer of 2004 from PSV Eindhoven for £12 million.

His start was hampered by a metatarsal injury suffered in pre-season but after making his debut in October 2004, he played a major part in the club's first successful championship challenge for 50 years, playing wide of a front three in an effective wing partnership with Damien Duff, even though further injury kept him out of action in the latter part of the campaign.

He scored seven goals in 14+4 league games and was named Premiership Player for November 2004, but was pipped to the PFA Young Player of the Year award by Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.

Robben collected his second Premiership winners' medal for the 2005/06 season, contributing six goals in the league campaign although two red cards and more injury reduced him to 21+7 appearances.

In his third and final season with the club he made a major impact as a half-time substitute in both our cup final victories, crossing for Didier Drogba's winner against Arsenal in the Carling Cup Final and making a contribution at Wembley against Manchester United despite playing well short of peak condition.

Speculation linking him with a move to Spain with Real Madrid was persistent, and eventually the club agreed to let him leave, acquiring a reported £24.4 million, double what we had paid. In total he started 74 games for Chelsea with a further 32 sub appearances, scoring 19 goals.

Robben joined Bayern Munich in 2009, and was a major player for the Germans as they reached the 2010 Champions League Final. He also featured for Holland on the way to the World Cup Final in South Africa.
 


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