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'Genuinely Better Than Thierry Henry': Theo Walcott Names The Best Arsenal Player He Played Alongside

'Genuinely Better Than Thierry Henry': Theo Walcott Names The Best Arsenal Player He Played Alongside

Theo Walcott has insisted that Robin van Persie was the best Arsenal player he played alongside ahead of Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

The 31-year-old Southampton forward, who is on loan from Everton, spent 12 years at Arsenal and won two FA Cups during his time with the London side.

Walcott, who the Gunners landed for £5m from Southampton in 2006, would share the pitch with unbelievable talent like Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez and Henry.

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However, the former Gunners star revealed that Van Persie ranked top of the pile for Arsenal players he played with, saying that he was a 'better finisher' than Henry.

Walcott told talkSPORT's GameDay Football Podcast: "I spoke to someone about this the other day actually, and debated a couple, but it would have to be Robin.

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"For me, Robin van Persie was the best finisher I've ever seen, genuinely better than Thierry Henry, better than anyone I've seen because he genuinely made it look so easy.

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"That was the way he was, genuinely that few seasons where he was really going for that Golden Boot and he would go for it, and he was an absolute dream to play with, that left foot was incredible, and I don't think there's ever going to be a player like him ever again."

Legendary former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger signed Van Persie for only £2.75m from Feyenoord in 2004.

Van Persie, 37, won the FA Cup with the Gunners and was named PFA Players' Player of the Year during a phenomenal individual performance in the 2011-12 season.

The Dutch former striker scored an impressive 35 times for the Gunners in that campaign before completing a shock move to Manchester United in 2012.

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The former Netherlands international was hit with injuries during the following seasons before leaving United in 2015 to sign for Fenerbahce.

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Topics: Football News, gunners, Football, Robin van Persie, Premier League, Theo Walcott, Arsenal, thierry henry

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