What Will Happen Now Van Persie Is Back?

By on November 8, 2010

The Arsenal missile

Written by sanchit.

Robin van Persie. The replacement of The Flying Dutchman, Denis Bergkamp. One of the most technically gifted strikers the Premier league has ever seen. He has excellent control, gets into those little troubling pockets of space and his striking technique is world class. The perfect striker package.

RvP’s impact has been significantly dampened by his constant injuries in the last two years, when he was out for atleast 6-8 months. This season too, he has already missed around 15 matches, but he has now returned after making a substitutes appearance this weekend. I have heard many Gooners say, it doesn’t matter if RvP gets fit anyway, we are doing okay without him, and it just seems he is working part time for the club. They say his absence doesn’t matter.

How wrong can that be?

Last season, whenever RvP was on the pitch pre- and post-injury, he was the driving force of the Gunners attack. Remember when he came on during the Tottenham match late in the season, when we were losing 2-0? He came in the 70th and created 3 excellent chances, which were kept out only by a very, very alert Gomes. van Persie is what Drogba is for Chelsea, he is un-put-downable. I have never seen an RvP dip of form, he has always been the most consistent Arsenal strikers. Yes, he was arrogant when he came, but now he is moulded into the perfect Arsenal player. Without him, this Arsenal side is incomplete.

With Fabregas, Arshavin (when he is in form) and van Persie on the pitch, the combined quality can overwhelm any opposition. Take this season. He created Walcott’s goal against Blackburn, before being taken off in the 35th minute. After a hectic World Cup and an again active niggling injury.

FACT: Robin van Persie is the one of the best Arsenal players ever, and nothing can change that. R.I.P. RvP will never come in the near future. All Arsenal fans need to know that.

Now, what happens now he is back?

In his absence, Marouane Chamakh has taken up the main striker’s mantle admirably. He has scored goals, created goals, forced errors, and his skill is unquestionable. He might not be van Persie, but then, he was never meant to be. He was brought in to take his place in case of injury, after Arshavin failed to capitalise on the opportunity and rise to the occasion last season.

But due to Chamakh’s most impressive performances, putting him on the bench would be wasting a very talented player. He has achieved more than what was expected, and his role can not be ignored. He also adds to the physicality of Arsenal’s attack, and with the physical element of van Persie’s game, they can make a formidable combination.

According to me, Chamakh should play behind/alongside Van Persie. Arshavin should be on the left wing playing left wing forward, and he must start performing to the talent and skill we know he has soon. Nasri can play as a right-attacking midfielder alongside Fabre, but slightly ahead. Fabregas as Central midfield, of course, with Song behind as Central defensive.

Now this leaves Walcott. For the time being, Walcott has to be on the bench, and come on later for Arshavin/Nasri. Walcott has been truly sensational, but again, he is not quite ready to play Central striker, and he even though Arshavin’s form has slumped in recent times, but it is still a long time to go before Walcott starts a game at the expense of Arshavin.

Kind of like a 4-1-2-3

Well, I am inexperienced at Football formations and stuff, so please don’t leave scathing comments. However, if you think there is something wrong about the formation I have put forward, please comment. Also, I am pondering on Wilshere.

Please comment on that too 🙂

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10 Comments

  1. shiv

    November 8, 2010 at 9:02 am

    i think wenger must play him and chamakh front now. this will be real headache for our opponents. RVP is one of the greatest striker. with nasri, wilshire and fabgregas, this will be a dealy team.

  2. k

    November 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Well I mostly agree. However, I think it should be emphasized that Song HAS to stay back when you play as attacking as you suggest.

    van Persie is our best player (with Cesc ofcourse) and should always play when fit. He is just that amazingly good.

  3. No_snipercanshootlike_TH14

    November 8, 2010 at 9:17 am

    RvP has to start and yes walcott should only play as a sub… He is a super sub and when the defenders are tired there is no one better to bring in..

  4. Sg gunner

    November 8, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I’m not sure about what u guys think of this, but i think 4-1-2-1-2, the diamond formation would actually suit Arsenal. Alex song as the Defensive midfield, Arshavin and Nasri at the wings, with Cesc playing behind RVp and Chamakh.

  5. rice

    November 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

    No offence, but this is a poor article.

    we already play a 4-1-2-3 and it goes like this
    CHAMAKH
    ARSHAVIN WALCOTT
    FABREGAS WILSHERE
    SONG
    CLICHY KOSCIELNY SQUILLACI SAGNA

    sometimes Nasri plays instead of either wilshere, walcott or arshavin.
    But with RVP back chamakh will sit bench, you can not play with only Song protecting the defence, we need wilshere or denilson or diaby to help song thats why we have a trangular midfield partnerships.

    Lastly Chamakh cannot play behind RVp because he is a target man, he has a poor passing ability and realistically his main job is to poach goals, while RVP patrols the box and finesses whatever he finds. This could work in a traditional 4-4-2 but it wont happen.

    the formation you propose will never ever happen, you will never see a game started with those characteristics i can guarantee it

  6. tavonga

    November 8, 2010 at 9:40 am

    l here u gooner buddy, from my opinion arsenal need to force their authority they need to earn respect, wenger is undoubtably a genius but l reckon chamakh and R.VP should play together,

    Van Persie behind chamakh nasri to the right
    arshavin to the left and square to these two fabregas behind him song something like this

    Chamakh

    Van Persies

    Arshavin Nasri
    Fabregas

    Song

    Clichy Sagna
    Vermelaen Squillaci

    Fabianski

    l rest my case

  7. Danny

    November 8, 2010 at 10:39 am

    We still won’t win a trophy! That is what will happen! Until a world class keeper, a powerful centre half and a physical midfielder are signed we are a million miles away from Chelsea! I’m sad to say this and hope I’m proved wrong but the truth hurts!

  8. ChrisX

    November 8, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Well every matchday that chelsea loose points we loose too. so like this way there is no way to gain the championship this year. just think 6 points lost in Emirates with “weak” teams west brom and newcastle(which we beat away with a lot of youngsters 1-5)!!!

    WE NEED WORLD CLASS PLAYERS!!!! YESTERDAY!!!

    LETS SAY “SERGIO AGUERO” or even “HULK” for attack whick complies with our football planning. fast and really dangerous

    DEFENCE? We need outstanding players who could give us what we need!

    I am really disapponted with the fact that already we have 2 home defeats with teams that we should manage to win…

  9. Mohammed

    November 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I realy agree with you but, the most important thing is that Song should never tempt him self in moving forword as the attackers are about 5 with respect to 4-1-2-3. In other case, why not 4-4-2, so that we can see the best of Fabre again while distributing his passes. Again Song must not go beyond opposition centre half.

  10. The guy with the facts

    November 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    ……………………………………..chamack…………………………………………………………………….R.V.P………………………………………………………………………….arshavin/nasri………..fabregas/wilshere……….nasri/rocisky………………………………song/denilson/diaby………………………………………clichy……………vermaelen…..squillaci…………..sagna/eboue……………………………………………..stekelenburg*…………………………………
    the only reason i shose squilacci instead of kolscielny because he is more of an arial threat and physicaly stronger.

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