Arsenal defender Johan Djourou rates skipper Robin van Persie the hottest striker on the planet.

Djourou reckons the form of Gunners captain van Persie, who has now scored 31 goals in 29 games, means he has to be considered in the same bracket Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I don't think there is a hotter striker in Europe at the moment," he told talkSPORT. "He is up there with Messi and Ronaldo, he is a great player and a great captain.

"The guy is so talented and he is showing it every week. It is amazing to see him doing all that but he deserves it because he has had problems before with injury. It is good to see him fit now."