When someone as important to the club as Robin Van Persie was to Arsenal, there is always a sense of doom surrounding the club when the player is likely to move on. According to The Mirror today, RVP will be the subject of a massive £70 million transfer bid for the player (£20 million to Arsenal and £195,000 to the player for five years). If this bid really materializes, then I am sure the Arsenal board will sanction the deal since it does take out the sting of selling your best player to Premiership rivals. If you were to believe all the so called football experts, this is the end of Arsenal and it will only be downward spiral from now on. Fortunately, the pundits are almost always wrong. It is difficult to imagine that RVP is just another player but he is…Similar to last year when Fabregas and Nasri left, Arsene Wenger will always be able to find another player to replace the lost ones…
I believe the manager must have foreseen that RVP will not be signing a new contract although he secretly prays for the opposite. It is probably why he went out and bought two strikers in the first place. By doing so, he basically covered his bases. If Robin Van Persie actually left (like how it is looking at the moment) then he would already have ready-made replacements and would not be coerced into paying crazy money for any other additional strikers that he intends to. If RVP stays then there is just added depth to the club.
Now that we know Van Persie to be probably leaving, we should take a look at the players that could be added to the squad to ensure that the club proves its soothsayers wrong. With the additions of Giroud and Podolski, Arsene can actually make a choice of which position he intends to fill the Van Persie gap with. He can bring in another striker to add competition for Giroud and Podolski or he can buff up the attacking midfield department which everyone claims is lacking in depth at the moment. Here are some of the strikers which I think can be great additions to the squad:
Robert Lewandowski – This Polish maestro was really in Arsenal’s radar for a long time now. He is the reigning Bundesliga Player of the Year and performed admirably for the host country in the recent Euro 2012. Although he would be a great fit to the team, he won’t be available on the cheap and with many other clubs looking at him currently, the chances of us getting him is extremely slim.
Adrian Lopez – This Atletico Madrid striker is another striker who has been in great form for his club side. Although he did not make the Spanish side, he did score his first goal for the national team in the friendly against Serbia. His formidable striking partnership with Radamel Falcao was a big reason why Atletico Madrid won the Europa League last season.
Papiss Cisse – Strikers coming in to the Premiership usually takes a while to get accustomed to the rigors of playing in the English League. That is why there is an argument to bring in someone with Premiership experience. If that is the case, then Papiss Cisse is the one to go for. Even though he has only been in the league for half a season, we can all see his quality when he is on the field.