By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes Robin van Persie is among the world’s best strikers because his movement keeps him one step ahead of the game.

Van Persie has hit imperious form for Arsenal over the last 14 months, his 35 goals in 2011 securing him the Club record for Premier League strikes in a calendar year.

The captain notched his 29th goal of the season in Sunday’s thrilling North London derby win over Tottenham and Wenger believes Van Persie is up there with the best he’s seen.

“I think he has an exceptional technique, I mean really exceptional,” he told a Diamond Club Q&A earlier this month. “I have seen many great players over 30 years but Robin van Persie's first touch is just exceptional.

“After that he has the qualities of left-footed players; they are very quick to finish, have great movement in the box and are very intelligent.

“When you look at great players, they are on the move and everybody else stands and watches the ball. That is the difference. They look like they attack the ball all the time but in fact it is because they anticipate a lot and they are a little bit ahead of the other players.

“It is a bit like rebounds in basketball, it is always the same players who catch the ball. In football you always have the same players like that - Robert Pires, for example, was fantastic like that. When you analysed him he was always moving when others were standing and Robin has that quality too.

“It's not the way you finish, it's the way you move that gets you into the position.”

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28 Feb 2012