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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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  2. mufc

    February 21, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Yeah, he’ll be injured again soon.

    Lets see what happens in the F.A Cup at OT and also the EPL clash at Emirates…

  3. koye

    February 21, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Technically, RVP is just a shade better than Rooney. Infact, very few strikers in Europe can touch RVP on that. If RVP stays fit, I think he would be among the very best.

  4. Srbistuta

    February 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Sorry to say this as an ASNL fan, but Berbatov is light out this season.


    February 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

    lets face it arsenal would rather have rooney in there squad than RVP so stop going on and bore off!

    • DKD

      February 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      screw you…Rooney over RVP

  6. Srbistuta

    February 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

    No, we have Nicklass, who scores 5 goals a season. We’re fine. 🙂

  7. Mark Moran

    February 21, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I finally stopped laughing at this rubbish. I think RVP, the Dutch wimp, the one trick pony is OK. He can stand around and poach a few goals, I admit. But Rooney works his socks off for the whole team, often going a good few games without a goal as he has been asked to play on the left or in midfield. Rooney is so versatile and must be worth double what RVP is on the open market.

    • DannyFZ

      February 22, 2011 at 5:49 am

      If RVP is a dutch wimp then Rooney is an English whore ! And who said that RVP doesnt work his socks off, he does… The question here is who is a better striker? So what if RVP poaches goals. The fact is that he gets goals when he’s fit. Look at some of the best strikers in the world, Batistuta, Nistelroy, Fat Ronaldo… all poachers, all prolific goal scorers, all legends ! You make no sense Mark Moron…

  8. king gooner

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

    as you say the arrogant b,s***ds will never accept that we have some better players than their bunch of road runners aka as jisung,anderson,fletch etc-but that’s because they hate us& WE HATE THEM TWICE AS MUCH!so there you have it-save your breath for end of season &.. hopefully you can take the piss out of them the way rvp stats would look even better against shrek if you take into account the help they get from their friends in black,hey?

  9. meaner

    February 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

    i can only agree Ronnie is more handsome than RVP. LOL

    • Mr M.

      February 21, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Then you have to get your eyes fixed.

  10. Payeke

    February 21, 2011 at 10:45 am

    How about posting the stats about their entire careers. Then we’ll know who’s the better striker.

    The OP isn’t even ashamed about comparing Arsenal best striker this season to United’s third best.

    Why not compare RVP to Berbatov, and get whooped.

    Despite being a United fan, RVP has been one of my favourite players since he joined Arsenal, but comparing him to Rooney is a tad too far, barring current form.

  11. king gooner

    February 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

    berba flop?you’re avin a larf pal-looks good against 3rd rate sides whe your 2/3 nil up.very rarely,if ever,will win a match by himself!before he went on this little run,old red nose had him marked for the exit door which i reckon is still open..

  12. Duncan

    February 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Only two players would make it into the Utd 1st XI, Cesc and Nasri. End of.

    • makenzi

      February 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      Big Squill, King Eboue, and World class Almunia can make Man Utd 1st eleven

    • hughie NZ

      February 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      hahahahahahahahhahaha with a 1st team that includes Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Howard Webb, Darren Gibson, Phil Dowd, Johnny Evans,Chris Foy, Anderson, Mike Dean, Wayne rooney etc etc etc. hahahahahaha! lets face it man u is in serious trouble if they dont start unloading some of this dead wood and buying a few decent players. At the moment theyd probably struggle to beat Crawley town even with rooney!

  13. Duncan

    February 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Berbatov only affective against 3rd rate sides?
    Hat-trcik against Liverpool any1. And correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure he’s scored against chelsea and arsenal as well

  14. Duncan

    February 21, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Best XI: Van der Saar, Evra, Rio, Vidic, Rafael, Nani, Cesc, Scholes, Nasri, Rooney, Berbatov. There’s no way you could question that.

  15. king gooner

    February 21, 2011 at 11:08 am

    correction-3rd rate side,liverpool-yes!the chavs are on the slide,over the hill & THE ARSENAL dream on!two plyers only in MANURE side ?are you serious?get off the medication man!what’s the criteria then?being able to ron around all day & kick anything that moves aka fletch & anderson,pleeeeeassseee!!!!!

  16. king gooner

    February 21, 2011 at 11:13 am

    a more realistic line up would be vds,sagna,vidic,daffy duck,patricia,wilshere,nasri,cesc,carrot head(scholes),shrek & van persie-i make that five & it would be some side..

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  18. Kev

    February 21, 2011 at 11:23 am

    “PS : He shut his mouth after that!”

    Probably because he knew the discussion was never going to end in an agreement, not because he actually agreed.

    Let’s look at this objectively shall we? If you’re talking about one player being better than another, then there is surely only one way for the two players to be compared.

    Over the period of their whole careers, who makes the larger contribution to their team, national side, and football as a whole? Add to that the thought that a player can only be as good as the team he plays for and you have an interesting conundrum!! Does the better player always come out on top??

    Talking a side a second. Why does JS Park get into the Utd squad?? Simple answer is consistency!!

    Add consistency to the above argument and you may define that the “Better” player may be the one who in any individual season scores less goals, has less assists, and wins less silverware, merely through being consistent. An argument I would neither support nor reject.

    The old saying “Form is temporary, class is permanent” would also help support the argument as stated above, but some contradictory points may be that although a player is far superior, their impact throughout their careers is diminished by time spent on the treatment table, or indeed being kept out to the team by a superior player or squad rotation.

    Your argument is flawed and single minded, at a time when it is simply convenient for you to compare the two players. In equal measure last season when Rooney was being lauded as the best player on the planet, the argument was simply being supported at a time when the statistics looked conveniently favourable.

    If you want to write a good article, copy and paste some of what I wrote above into your next one!!

    • DKD

      February 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      i know an idiot will definetely compare last seasons stats, but who gives a crap. How much did RVP play lasts eaosn that you can compare him.
      After the spursgame last season, AW did say RVP showed what e are missing, so keep your mouth shut, and lets the stats speak for themselves !

  19. Padraic Connell

    February 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

    ………………..Van der Sar…………………
    Sagna………………………………….. Evra.

    With a bench of

    jesus h christ… that team would beat 7 shades of sh1t out of any team put up against it.

  20. Padraic Connell

    February 21, 2011 at 11:53 am

    But back on subject id say that rooneys been better over the coarse of his career but only because of injurys to RVP. Any time Van Persie has had a stint of good health hes been a menace. How good he would have been if he wasnt made of glass is scary. Id say the only way to judge this is to get a weighted points per minute system comparison over their full careers with a goal counting 2 points and an assist counting 1 and then see who comes out top.

  21. Bongo

    February 21, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Haha that’s laughable. You can’t compare Rooney and RVP, you just can’t. When RVP is fit he’s a brilliant striker but he’s injured far too often for comparison. Plus Rooney gets assists they’re as important as goals trust me as an Arsenal fan I should know because Arshavin might not be in the best form at the moment but he still gets assists.

    You can however compare Rooney and Bent because they both have played regularly and pretty much a similar amount of games and Bent is far better than Wayne Rooney, he has scored more goals than Rooney and has a better strike rate statistically and if you put into consideration that Bent has played in so many different teams and none of them at the same level as United then his record is even more impressive.

    So no more comparing RVP and Rooney, they’re just not comparable all that you can say is that both players would be a great asset to both teams and neither team would say no to having the other on their books.

  22. lee

    February 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Rooney is utter shite. Easily the most overrated player in the world. Atm theres only evra, giggs and nani who would get into the arsenal team. We have been on a hot streak yet man utd have had to heavily rely on berbatov and nani this season and so has shrek

  23. Sapper

    February 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Fancyass is a one trick pony, and does very little for the team, when a player like Anderson can keep him in his pocket, it proves just how bereft of skill the bloke is, I’d sooner have Rooney any day, in form or out of form.

    To the OP:

    What your United supporting mate should have said to you was :
    11 Premiership titles
    1 ECL trophy
    3 league cups
    All in the time Wenger has been at Arse.

    Who cares who scores the goals when you are winning championships and trophies.

    As for Barca, any decent football fan knows Barca don’t travel well, it will be a different story at the Nou camp,and they have an away goal.

  24. DB

    February 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Complete laughable article from a typically blind Gooner. How can you possibly compare the 2 players? Oh I get it, RVP scored against Barca so that makes him the best player in the world in the same way that your lot (fortunately) beat Barca so you are now the best team in the world yeah? Ridiculous. I see you weren’t piping up about this last year when Rooney was banging em in for fun and your crock was (suprise suprise) on the treatment table again. I am a fan of Van Persie and agree he has immense talent but he lacks in so many areas that Rooney is brilliant – work rate, strength, determination, teamwork, tracking back, tackling etc etc. How often do you see Van Persie chase back 50 yards to put in a tackle???? Completely different players and a completely one-sided and pointless article

    • hughie NZ

      February 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      teach him how to pass a ball, score a goal and tackle effectively and he’ll be a fine player. at the moment hes an embarrassment and whats even worse is old purple noses gushing about him whenever he manages to hold possession for longer than 3 seconds. So obvious that hes trying to build up his confidence, bit embarrassing though if youre a united fan though

      • brownie

        February 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

        Teach him how to score a goal? Just the 34 last season to remind him then, plus his passing is immense – look at the long balls he sprays about every single game. Fergie is bound to try buikd up his confidence, any decent manager would as he knows that Rooney will come good again

  25. Lee

    February 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Robin has had bad injuries. If these had not curbed his career he would be up above Rooney in stature. This is what he deserves as his international form proves this as well. Both players are good but a fit R.V.P is more the modern footballer.

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  28. alonzo

    October 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    anyone who says that rooney is much better than van persie and vice verca is either completely biased, or doesnt watch enough football to comment. these two are both the two best forwards on the planet apart from the obvious two. its so difficult to call because they are both so good and i wouldnt blame anyone for saying either one was better. van persie is better technically and is more of an aesthatically pleasing player whereas rooney is more hard working and better physically( he still is technically gifted just not as good as van persie. i think it just depends on what team u put them in. rooney is more suited to a team that plays quick counter attacking football e.g real madrid and van persie at a team that keeps possession and has players breaking from midfield e.g barcelona.

    and btw any arsenal shouldnt be starting debates with man united supporters because as an arsenal fan i cant honestly say man u were better than us even when we had nasri, clichy and fabregas and now there is just a gulf in class.

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