Wenger rates Arsenal’s van Persie alongside van Basten

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes striker Robin van Persie is becoming a lot like former Holland star Marco van Basten.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes striker Robin van Persie is becoming a lot like former Holland star Marco van Basten.

26-year old van Persie has turned into the number one striker at Emirates Stadium and Wenger praised him for the quality he possesses, saying it is van Basten-like.

“Robin is much stronger physically now. I think he’s a van Basten-type, by which I mean he’s a technical centre-forward,” said Wenger.

“He has that classy first touch, sharp movement and a short back-lift. I always thought he was more a main striker than second striker.

“I love him there I must say, because he has a brain, he can play others in and he can score. His movement is intelligent around the box and if we score a lot of goals a big part is down to him.”

Wenger commented on van Persie’s goal against Birmingham on the weekend, his fifth in six matches.

“Look at the goal we scored on Saturday against Birmingham. You can say it was a bit lucky, but you need a specialist soft touch to control the ball in that situation,” he added.

“With a normal player the ball goes five yards away, but with his second touch he puts it straight back on his left leg and scores.”