The former Gunners star overlooked the club’s record goalscorer and his idol Henry as the best finisher he’s ever seen.
Theo Walcott has rated Robin van Persie as the best finisher he’s ever seen, above even his idol and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
The forward had the privilege of playing alongside arguably two of the most prolific finishers in Arsenal history. Both men are inside the top 10 of the club’s highest goalscorers in history, with a combined 360 goals between them.
Yet it’s Van Persie, who sits eighth on the list on 132 goals compared to Henry’s record 228 goals, who Walcott rates as the better finisher and his best teammate.
Top foreign goalscorers in 🏴 English Premier League history:
🇦🇷 Sergio Agüero (180)
🇫🇷 Thierry Henry (175)
🇳🇱 Robin van Persie (144)
🇳🇱 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (127)
🇮🇪 Robbie Keane (126)
— Geo Foot (@GeoFoot1) January 14, 2021
“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,” the now-Southampton star told talkSPORT.
“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.
“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.”
Walcott managed 108 goals and 78 assists across 398 appearances for Arsenal himself during a 12-year stay.