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Arsène Wenger likens Robin van Persie to Marco van Basten

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Robin van Persie resembles Dutch striking legend Marco van Basten, according to Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger.

Van Basten was perhaps the greatest all-round forward the modern game has seen. He led his country to success in Euro 88 and AC Milan to a clutch of honours two decades ago.

Van Persie is hardly a carbon copy but, Wenger argues, the 26-year-old has strong technical similarities.

He told "I think he's a van Basten type - he's a technical centre-forward.

"He has that classy first touch, sharp movement and a short back-lift.

"I always thought he was more a first striker than second striker and I must say I love him there because he has a brain.

"He can play others in and he can score. His movement is intelligent around the box and if we score a lot of goals a big part is down to him."

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