By Joe Brewin

Thierry Henry has hailed the improvement of Robin van Persie since his arrival from Feyenoord seven years ago.

Van Persie joined the Club as a fresh-faced 21-year-old back in 2004 while Henry was still an integral part of Arsène Wenger’s first team.

Henry thinks the Dutchman’s temperament has improved - while his performances have scaled new heights.

“What can I say about Robin?,” said Henry. “I saw him come in here and at the very beginning he wasn't the easiest guy to deal with, like I wasn't I guess.

“But it's amazing to see how he has improved. That tells you how intelligent a player he is.

“I'm just in admiration. What he is doing right now, thank God he is playing for us and doing well. It's nice to see a player improve.

“I'm just saying that what Van Persie is doing now, in terms of not just goals but ratio of goals, apart from [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi it is ridiculous.

“He is doing something amazing. That also tells you how important it is for him to not get injured.

“He has never had a chance to have a full season since he has been here - he was always out for two or three months.

“For the very first time he can go on a roll now and you can see the difference. I can only admire what he's doing now.”

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9 Dec 2011