"A belly landing is not always fun, huh? I used to do gymnastics and I know what it is like but in gymnastics those moves are planned and intended," the Daily Mail quotes Wim Ras as saying
"Robin only needed a fraction of a second to make the jump and to get such an exquisite delivery in such a situation and then to score, that is a hell of an achievement.
"The attack went well but getting up there was very difficult, obviously, because it is not a movement that you do every day."
Fans of Van Persie's goal have been posting images of themselves imitating the dive on social networking sites over the last week.