Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney believes former Arsenal superstar Thierry Henry is the finest striker to have ever played in the Premier League.

Henry scored 174 goals in 254 league appearances for Arsenal prior to leaving the Emirates Stadium for Barcelona in 2007, while the French veteran added another strike to his tally during an emotional return last season.

The Arsenal legend is third on the Premier League's all-time goalscorer list which is headed by ex-Newcastle captain Alan Shearer with 260 goals, while former Manchester United striker Andy Cole is second with 187.

Rooney himself is in eighth position with 148 goals for Everton and Manchester United during his decade as a professional, and looked to Henry for inspiration while he was moving up the youth ranks.

Despite Shearer being the most potent player the Premier League has seen, Rooney still ranks Henry above the former England skipper, and says he was always entertained by the record Arsenal scorer.

"I'd have to say Thierry Henry. From the ages of ten to 16, watching him the Premier League was amazing and he scored all different types of goals - free-kicks, volleys, left foot, right foot," the Old Trafford star told ShortList.

"He was entertaining. He's probably the best centre-forward, I think, to play in the Premier League."

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