Saturday, July 7, 2012

Why Arsenal don't need Robin Van Persie or Yann M Villa.

Robin Van Persie has confirmed his desire to depart Arsenal and although disappointing,this move was anticipated and Wenger has enlisted replacements to fill the void left by the Dutchman. This could be a blessing in disguise for Arsenal, as now Arsenal can freely deploy Olivier Giroud in his preferred centre forward role. Although lacking the creativity of Van Persie, Giroud offers Arsenal with an added aerial threat and his aggressive physical playing style is ideal for the Premier League. In comparison to Van Persie, Giroud is a more accomplished finisher and complements Arsenal's playing style. Towards the latter stages of last season, Van Persie's scoring rate dropped drastically and he struggled to cope with the intimidatory style of play used by opposition clubs. Being a more classical forward, Giroud should thrive in such circumstances and will no doubt emerge a resounding success.
In Lukas Podolski, Arsenal have a talented goal scorer and playmaker. He is ideally attributed to being a direct replacement for Van Persie and will increase the versatility of Arsensl's strike force. His left boot is a force to be reckoned with and his intelligent play will complement Giroud's physical style.
The issue of Yann M Villa is simple. In Mikel Arteta and Alex Song, Arsenal have the most successful holding midfield combination in the league. With the impending returns of Diaby and Wilshere, Arsenal have a dearth talent in the deep lying midfield and do not need re-inforcements. The only area where the squad is lacking is the absence of an established attacking midfielder. Oxlade Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey could occupy this vital role in the future, but in the meantime Wenger should scour the horizons and attempt to recruit a big name. Someone like Van Der Vaart or Belhanda would be ideal.

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