Head-To-Head: Van Persie vs Rooney – Who’s The Better Striker?
Morning Gooners. My high on the match against Barcelona has come to an end, and thus I return to normal life. Last night I got into an argument with my friend over the better striker. The bloke says Rooney and I say Robin van Persie. Now I am a Gooner so obviously I am going to say RVP, but let’s look at the stats for the premier league.
RVP has played 15 games, scoring 10 goals, and giving 5 assists. He has in total taken 44 shots. Shrek on the other hand has played 17 games scoring 5 goals and giving 10 assists. He has taken 54 shots. Now when I read this, a smile came across my face. It was one of the happiest moments of the day for me:
Robin van Persie, a man who has come back from injury, and who has not played majority of the beginning of the season has performed and played better than a Shrek who has played most matches of the season.
I don’t want to sound like a boasting Gooner, but let’s face it RVP has performed better than Rooney. Yeah Rooney has probably scored the goal of the season against Shitty, but that does not make him a better striker than RVP. Now let the story continue…
As we sat and drank (whisky on the rocks!) I told my friend about this stat. The bloke was shocked. And why not? After all, its Wayne Rooney we are talking about. The White Pele as they know him by. The guy who forced his club to pay him wages worth Cesc, RVP and Jack Wilshere combined. Here is what he said :
“How can you compare Rooney and RVP. Rooney is not in form, and RVP is in form. If you look at last season, RVP would bite Rooney’s dust.”…absurd isn’t it.
So here was my counter-argument..I told him that what he is saying makes no sense. His argument solely lies on the fact that both players have to be in form to be compared. By that logic we can only compare Ronaldo and Messi, because they are in the form of their lives. We cannot compare anybody else.
Now if a striker has just come back from injury, and he has played a string of 2-3 matches, and then if you compare him that is wrong, because unless both players have played enough matches to consolidate themselves it’s wrong to compare them. Rooney and RVP have both played enough matches to be compared to each other, and clearly the stats show who is better.
United fans can never take the fact that some players in Arsenal are just better than theirs. If he told me Rooney was better than RVP last season, I would definitely agree, but as I said before if you compare the 2 strikers this season Rooney can just bite RVP’s dust !
Submitted by THE ARMOURY
PS : He shut his mouth after that!
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