AZ Alkmaar coach Ronald Koeman says Arsenal ace Robin van Persie is Holland's best player.

Before AZ's thumping at Emirates last night, Koeman paid tribute to Van Persie.

Robin has developed himself in a fantastic way in the last few years," said Koeman. "At the moment he is our best Dutch player, he shows that every week for Arsenal.

"He is a very important player for them now and sometimes he is captain of the team, and that says enough."