Walcott hails goal-hero Van Persie

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Theo Walcott is convinced that Robin van Persie is the best striker in the Barclays Premier League.

Despite playing almost every game this season, Van Persie has remained injury-free this term - a scenario he could have only wished for in previous years. The Dutchman missed the final two months of last season - a period that coincided with the club's implosion - and he spent five months of the previous campaign sidelined with an ankle problem.

But the 28-year-old's injury woes now appear to be behind him as he has struck 33 goals in 38 games this season, and Walcott said: "When I was on the treatment bed alongside him in previous years it was such a shame to see so much talent wasted. He has made up for lost time, I am sure of that."

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