‘My greatest teammate’: Theo Walcott labels 37 y/o as better finisher than Thierry Henry


Theo Walcott has claimed that former Arsenal frontman Robin van Persie is a better finisher than club legend Thierry Henry.

The Dutchman scored 132 goals in just over 270 games for the Gunners, whilst the Frenchman scored 228 goals in just over 370 appearances.

Appearing on talkSPORT, the winger labelled the van Persie as his best-ever teammate despite the fact he spent a sole season with Henry back in 2006/2007.

Walcott said: “My greatest teammate would have to be Van Persie. For me, he was the best finisher I’ve ever seen, he was better than Henry (at finishing) he made it look so easy. If you gave it to him, he would score for you. He was a dream to play with.”

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The two Gunners left a lasting legacy during their respective times at the club, however, given how different those respective careers were it proves a bit much that Walcott would pick van Persie.

Whilst the Dutchman was a talented goalscorer, it doesn’t even come close to the talents displayed by the man dubbed the ‘king of Highbury’.

Henry’s ability to carry what was already a world-class Arsenal team through tough moments and over the line in title races with his finishing is a testament to just how great he was. Surrounded by talents like Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires and many more, the former France international still scored 30 goals out of the club’s 73, a staggering 41% of the total.

Meanwhile, the former Netherlands international’s biggest contribution via his ability to hit the back of the net was in the 2011/2012 season as he helped the club reach the Champions League.

The two are both good finishers, but, to claim van Persie was a better teammate than a man that single-handedly carried Arsenal to a league title is laughable.

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