Yossi Benayoun full of praise for Van Persie

On-loan Arsenal midfielder Yossi Benayoun has stated that Robin van Persie is one of the world’s best strikers and that it is an honour to play alongside him.

The Netherlands international has fired a transitional Gunners side into third place this season, and scored in the north London club’s 1-1 draw with Stoke on Saturday.

Benayoun feels that Van Persie is one of the best that he has played with, and stated the importance that Arsene Wenger’s men don’t lose their star player this summer.

“I was lucky to play with some of the great strikers in my career and Robin at the moment is one of the best in the world,” The Israeli playmaker told The Telegraph.

“It was the same for me when I was with Fernando Torres and he was on fire at Liverpool, scoring a lot of goals. For me, they are at the same level – two of the best strikers in the world. They are very similar because you can look at their record of scoring goals.

“Fernando at Liverpool, he scored in a lot of goals, especially when he had a player like Stevie Gerrard playing behind him helping him.

“With Robin, we know we must give him the ball to the right place and he will score like he has done all season. Everyone knows it’s important to keep him. Each club wants to keep their best players and Robin is our best player,” he confessed.

By Gareth McKnight