Arsenal winger Theo Walcott admits he continues to miss Robin van Persie after the former Gunners captain left the Emirates Stadium for Old Trafford in the summer.

Van Persie signed for Manchester United in August in a deal worth £24 million, and has already found the net on five occasions in the Premier League for his new club.

Arsenal have, however, been impressive since Van Persie's departure but still appear to be without a goalscorer in the same bracket as their former skipper.

Van Persie scored 37 goals for Arsenal last season, with his potency in front of goal aided by his relationship with Walcott, with the 23-year-old frequently able to find the feet of the Dutchman in dangerous areas.

Conversely, Walcott was able to gain plenty from being in the same side as Van Persie, and says he misses the influence of the 29-year-old both on and off the pitch.

"You always miss your best players and he’s a great man and great professional," Walcott told The Sun.

"I wish him good luck at Manchester United. He’s always looked after me and always backed me up.

"I do miss him but you’ve just got to get on with it and wish him all the best."

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