Wenger: Robin is Van Basten-like

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has paid forward Robin van Persie the ultimate compliment for a Dutch forward, by comparing him to Marco van Basten.

The former Feyenoord attacker's style has long been compared to the Netherlands legend, who scored 218 league goals in 280 appearances for Ajax and AC Milan.

And after Van Persie netted his fifth of the season in the 3-1 win over Birmingham City at the weekend, Wenger believes the 26-year-old's delicate touch and intelligent movement supports those theories.

"I think he's a Van Basten type. By which I mean he's a technical centre-forward," he said.

"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."