With the season drawing ever closer to its start it will be interesting to see how Arsenal cope without Van Persie, as well as, how Van Persie settles in at Manchester United.
Firstly, financially, this is brilliant for Arsenal, they will receive 24 million pounds for a 29-year-old who is injury prone and a player who was on the final year of his contract. Arsenal will still be a competitive force as long as Arsene Wenger is allowed to re-invest all of the money gained from this transfer on new additions. It is essential that this money is used to strengthen the weaker areas of Arsenal’s squad. I believe that the loss of Robin van Persie will not hurt Arsenal as much as everyone thinks, don’t get me wrong it will be a blow but not as massive as it has been made out to be. Arsenal can cope with him, the Gunners create a bucket load of chances each game and they will reap the benefits of the chances they create with goals. Someone else will step up to the plate and grab those all important goals for the North London Club. In fact this may lead to more of a shared responsibility at the club with the likes of Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski amongst others all expected to chip in with goals.
When Ian Wright left the club Nicolas Anelka produced the goals, when he left we got a man I’m sure you’re all familiar with, the one and only Thierry Henry. When he unfortunately departed Arsenal to join Barcelona, the infamous Emmanuel Adebayor popped up with 30 goals the following season, and when he left Wenger took a gamble on Robin and played him in the no.9 positions instead of his more familiar no. 10 position. Even Marouane Chamakh got a few goals during his stint as first choice striker in late 2010. Also Arsenal have made some stellar acquisitions to the team in last seasons in last seasons top scorer on Ligue 1 Olivier Giroud, 100 cap German Lukas Podolski and best of all, double european championship winner Santi Cazorla, who is expected to fill the creative void left by the departure of Cesc Fabregas in the summer of 2011. The massive negative about him being sold is that it he was sold to Manchester United, who were once fierce rivals with the Gunners back in pre 2005. Arsenal also didn’t want to sell to one of their premier league rivals as it will only make it harder to catch up to them.
The arrival of van Persie will be well received by the majority of fans at Manchester United, they have got the 2011/12 premier league player of the season and will be able to pair up the most prolific strikers in England with the hope of them becoming a combination so devastating, that it would strike fear into the eyes of opposition defenders. Yes you could say he is injury prone close to 30 and has only had one good season, but you cannot deny the fact that he is a world-class striker. Although, there are a few negatives in this deal for the red devil, they paid quite a hefty for RVP and he is 29 meaning if they are to ever are to sell him he would have very little re-sale value and will recoup very little of the 24 million pounds they paid for him. Also, there is some doubt over the possibility of Robin having another injury free season and I personally believe that he won’t show the same form he had last season for more than 1 more season. His performances at the European championships also suggest that he may need Arsenal more than they need him.
It remains to be seen who has got the better out of the deal between both clubs, but all shall be figured out during the 2012/13 season.
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