With the recent drama surrounding RVP’s exit , lets actually see what kind of impact his exit has on Arsenal .Its highly improbable that RVP would have another season as good as the last one. Also , its highly improbable that he has another injury free season considering his poor fitness record.Arsenal can move forward without RVP , they are not a one man team
The “one-man team ” tag is absolutely rubbish. He might be the highest goal scorer in the league last season. That is the courtesy of many selfless assists by Gervinho and Walcott and him being the first choice FK and Penalty taker. Many of the goals he scored are tap-ins. He did score some goals entirely on his own but the main fact which many ignore is that , he also squandered a lot of precious chances.
Having said all that , life is not easy for AFC after the imminent RVP exit. No real captain-figure /inspiration / role model in the dressing room , a new captain to be found , adaptability of the new strikers to the league and most importantly , the class of RVP etc are some of the many problems.
But what hurts more are the comments made by him and the media and fans of other club ridiculuing Arsenal. People were just starting to believe in this team after the great fight and teamwork displayed last season after the departure of Cesc & Nasri . Now the captain wants to quit the club. No matter what happens on the field , this is a mental set-back for the fans and club. The only way-out would be to find a new captain quickly who inspires and leads by example and the team chemistry is the most important thing for Arsenal to be trophy – contenders.
What stands for the future?
The summer is all about RVP’s exit , but it’s still not finalised and with a new rumor everyday this could go on all summer. Reports from Italy today morning is that Juventus have cooled of their interest in RVP and have turned their interest towards Dzeko. It leaves only the Manchester clubs to rival it our for Van Persie.
Now, considering that RVP leaves the only possible replacement as a captain figure in Arsenal is Vermaelen.
Vermaelen who spoke in a press conference in China ahead of their preseason game against Manchester City said the club’s “aims this season should be the same as ever” – to win things – and added: “I know people are criticizing Arsenal, but our main target is to keep everybody fit. If we do that, I’m really confident our team is good enough to compete for everything.”
Wenger’s latest comment
Arsene Wenger has given his biggest hint yet that Robin van Persie will leave Arsenal, admitting that summer signing Lukas Podolski is likely to play a central role upfront this season.
“I think Podolski will play more central for us”, Wenger told Tsinghua University students in China on Thursday.
“Giroud [Arsenal’s other front man summer signing] is a different target man who would be more the player in a 4-4-2, he knocks the ball down, protects the ball well, makes play for his partners, and is a very intelligent player who has great physique, as well as being very strong in the air.”
Podolski, 26, was signed by the Gunners before Euro 2012 for £11.7million, bringing with him a wealth of experience and drawing plaudits from Van Persie himself who declared his admiration for an ‘amazing player’.
The German international’s squad number is ‘yet to be confirmed’ by the club, adding to rumours that van Persie’s departure would leave the door open for the former Bayern Munich forward to take the Dutchman’s coveted no.10 shirt.
Cazorla, M’vila and the rest…
RVP as a striker can be replaced with two quality players in the form of Podolski and Giroud but what Arsenal want other that ? Surely a creative midfielder.
But so far Arsenal have not been linked up with any real creative player with the exception of Nuri Sahin who is reportedly been linked with a loan move to Arsenal as i write this article. With addition of Arteta to the squad the Arsenal midfield do looked strong but always lacked a little of creativity and with Walcott who is regular in being irregular cannot be hugely depended on, Arsenal need a new man.
There was also much speculation about M’Vila, Affellay and Cazorla over the summer but nothing has been materialized as yet. If at all Arsenal do manage to buy any one or possibly two out of those three players then yes RVP’s exit would not hurt the Gunners that much.
Arsenal are also boosted by the news that their long-term absenti Abou Diaby has returned from injury beds and is getting some game time. If Wilshere and Rosicky turn up by the end of October then Arsenal can really push up to winning some silverware this season.
But knowing Arsenal and their injury problems it’s a long way to go and silverware is not up to grabs as yet.