By Nick Teale
 
Arsène Wenger says there is no better player than Robin van Persie when it comes to controlling and passing the ball in front of goal.
 
The Gunners manager also said that the Dutchman's technique is crucial to the way Arsenal play.
 
"He has such a short technique that he can bring other players in," said Wenger.
 
"We play with plenty of offensive players, so it is important you have somebody up front who can make a short control or a short pass.
 
"There is no better player than Robin at that."

The Frenchman also pointed out that Van Persie is "a great goalscorer", highlighting the goal against Fulham as a prime example of the striker's ability.

"It is a fantastic goal. The ball in was brilliant, the first touch is brilliant, and the second touch is in the back of the net. It was all perfect."

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