By Joe Brewin

Theo Walcott believes Robin van Persie can emulate Thierry Henry and be an Arsenal great.

Van Persie’s 15th league goal of the season - an outstanding volley - sunk Everton at Emirates Stadium on Saturday and fired Arsenal into the top four for the first time this season.

Walcott rates it as one of the best goals he has seen and believes the only way is up for his Dutch team-mate.

"Any little sniff and he just grabs it,” he said. "That's one of the best goals I've seen for a long time.

"It was a moment of magic from Robin. He's done that so many times before and yet it was an absolutely fantastic goal.

"The way Robin is playing, he wants to be one of those legends as well. I'm just absolutely shocked. To see that go in was incredible.

"He's a player in so much form, the goal was amazing and it's just world class to see.

"He would say himself, he was in and out of the game. That's the difference. Give him any chance and he scores when he wants, as the fans say!”

Arsenal celebrated their 125th anniversary on Saturday with a number of legends at Emirates Stadium.

On Friday the Club unveiled statues of Herbert Chapman, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry, the latter of whom is currently training with the squad at London Colney.

"It's an absolute honour to be part of it, to see the number of legends taking part in the day made it very daunting,” reflected Walcott. “There were a lot of world-class players on the field.

"Thierry still looks good, is training with us and you hear the fans chanting 'sign him up, sign up.' I don't know if there's any chance - you'd have to ask the boss that.

"He's still fit, playing in the MLS and enjoys playing his football so much that I don't think he wants the break.

"Everyone was really up for it,” he added. “We had a job to do, we couldn't be too into it and we tried to forget about it a little bit on the pitch. If we didn't get the right result then it would have been a very disappointing day.”

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11 Dec 2011