Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to striker Robin Van Persie ahead of tonight's trip to Bolton in the Premier League.

Van Persie joined compatriot Dennis Bergkamp on 120 goals for the Gunners over the weekend, with two penalties in the FA Cup fourth round win over Aston Villa moving the Dutch striker into joint-tenth on the club's all-time list.

The club captain will be looking to move ahead of the non-flying Dutchman tonight at the Reebok Stadium, and Wenger believes his striker is now playing at the very highest level in north London.

"What is amazing is that you look at the number of games Robin has played and the number of goals scored, and [his record] becomes absolutely top, top class," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"You have national class, international class and world class, and Robin is world class."

Wenger also had some positive news on Moroccan international striker Marouane Chamakh, who is set to return to the Emirates Stadium earlier than expected after his country were eliminated from the African Cup of Nations in the group stages.

Chamakh missed Morocco's second match of the competition through illness, but returned for yesterday's 1-0 win over Niger. It wasn't enough to progress though, with Gabon and Tunisia taking the top two spots in Group C.

"He played in the first game, and for the second game he was in hospital because he had a stomach bug, but he should play tonight [in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Niger]" Wenger told the press ahead of tonight's clash.

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