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Wenger defends 'best striker' RvP

"Robin deserves more credit than he gets in the Netherlands"

ESPN staff

Robin van Persie had a tough time in front of goal at Euro 2012© PA Photos

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of Robin van Persie, claiming the Netherlands man has been the best striker at Euro 2012.

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The Dutch exited the tournament with their tails between their legs, losing all three games in the group. Van Persie scored one goal in the tournament and came in for criticism for his displays, but he has found an ally in his club manager.

"Robin deserves more credit than he gets in the Netherlands," Wenger told De Telegraaf. "Robin van Persie was the best striker during the tournament. He's much better than strikers from other countries and he's also better than [Klaas-Jan] Huntelaar."

Wenger is convinced the Dutch failed on account of the rest of the squad not being on the same level as Van Persie.

He said: "Van Persie makes sure that a team plays football. I've analysed his performances and if you watch really closely, you will see that he made some brilliant moves and runs.  At crucial stages he didn't get the ball.

"On the times he did not score with the chances he had can be put down to fatigue. But he's the perfect striker. 

"If you want to reach a really high level as a team, you must pick Van Persie. He's an example for every striker. He's an exceptional football player and more than just a striker."

 

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