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'He was better than Thierry Henry': Walcott makes shock claim about ex-Arsenal skipper

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Speaking to TalkSport, Theo Walcott has named the greatest player he has ever played with at Arsenal, but it’s not Thierry Henry.

The Englishman spent over a decade at Arsenal. He played close to 400 games for us and scored over a 100 goals.

Walcott played with some of the best players who have worn the famous red and white. He shared the pitch with our greatest ever goalscorer in Thierry Henry as well, but the legendary Frenchman is not his favourite teammate.

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The 31-year-old has named former skipper Robin van Persie as his greatest-ever teammate. He claims that the Dutchman, who left us for Manchester United, is an even better finisher than Henry.

Walcott said: “The best team I’ve played in was when Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie were on song with each other and me in there as well. I remember one season I set up around 14 of Van Persie’s 30-odd goals. For me, them two in a team, with me as well, was one of the best.”

“That’s including England. My greatest teammate would have to be Van Persie. For me, he was the best finisher I’ve ever seen, he was better than Thierry Henry, he made it look so easy.”

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“If you gave it to him, he would score for you. He was a dream to play with, I don’t think there will be a player like him ever again.”

Van Persie a better finisher than Henry? Really?

Robin van Persie was an exceptional striker. He was immense for us in the two seasons before he left, and he was just as good in his first year at Manchester United as well.

However, he was no Thierry Henry. The Frenchman’s quality on the ball struck fear in opposition defenders, and he almost always delivered.

Walcott had more joy in terms of goals and assists playing alongside van Persie than he did with Henry. There is no doubt he enjoyed playing next to the Dutchman more, but to say he is better than arguably the greatest striker in Premier League history is a shock.

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