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Time For Arsenal To Address Van Persie Injury Problems?

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Now I know this is going to sound pathetic, and trust me it is. For a man to come and hit top form is not easy, but he did it. For a man to perform in whatever matches he has played at a level which is applaudable is not easy to do. And from my heart, RVP is a brilliant player…

But what’s the use, I mean seriously what’s the use? He comes, plays well, gives millions of us hope, gets the most weirdest injury, and who knows how, is out for 3 weeks. Hence in other words he just gets paid for whatever time he plays with us : £90,000 a week, for playing 11matches this season. Out of which he scores superb goals, adds a huge amount of quality to our side, gets injured, taking away the quality, and then ends up trophy less. I am actually really getting ticked off by RVP, and I don’t know why. In Arsenal I must confess that he is one of my favourite players, but this is just too much. I mean Nikko is fit more in a season. Either it’s an international friendly, or a knock or an injury sustained during scoring a goal.

If you have to define one of the best strikers in the world its RVP, no doubt, but if you also have to define one of the most inconsistent strikers in the world its RVP. Nobody doubts the man’s talents, but all we doubt is his fitness.

I know something which I am sure you all must have noticed. To be a winger or striker you require to be strong and agile. Why? Well simply put, you have to hold off defenders. This is one reason why Luis Valencia bulked up. If you compare his physique when at Wigan and Man Utd you will notice the difference. Why can’t our manager ask RVP to bulk up. If he does this he will become more fit and maybe he will become less prone to injury. Look I am no doctor, so I don’t know what’s the best thing to do, but if RVP does not improve his fitness we are going to suffer for seasons to come. Hence anything done on this issue will really help our squad.

He has scored 13 goals in 11 games, thus judging by mathematics he should score at least 25 goals in a season. I know it may be more but let’s just be the pessimist for now. His assist count for 11 games is 5, so logically let’s just add 7 more to that. 12 assists and 25 goals. A player who has created 37 goals in a season. Do you recall that the last player to score more than 25 goals in a season made his team win their title? I can. He plays for a club called Chelsea FC. Any guesses ? …Moreover this is only RVP premier league stats!

He is like Arjen Robben. Robben is a brilliant player, but for Bayern he has started only 10 times alongside Ribery. In Madrid the man was known as the ‘Glass of Spain.’ In England RVP should be called the same thing. ( Just change the country )

See, RVP is that one guy at Arsenal who says “I don’t want to leave and I want to win trophies here.” But if he goes on getting injured it’s absolutely pointless. Infact if he played badly then I would not be so frantic, because then it would be ok. But the man gives us hope, and then takes it away leaving us in a state of ” What could have been ?”

Only if he is fit for the majority of a season can we really see the Dutch-mans potential. Play, get injured, I mean come on…Now you may say that it’s not his fault. And I would have bought that, but this is happening all the damn time. When was the last time you saw RVP play for 3 months, infact lets put it this way. What is the longest you have seen RVP play consecutively?

I actually am feeling bad as I write this post concerning RVP, but let’s look at the big picture. For Arsenal he is good enough, for football he is good enough, but for the premier league..I don’t think so. This summer AW has to do some serious talking to him, otherwise at least half of next season the man will be out again.

Who knows maybe a dog will bite him or something!


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  1. Riste

    March 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

    So what do you suggest? Should we kill him or something…

  2. Sanchit

    March 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

    The problem also is that we are not getting other world class strikers because we already have RvP. And when he doesn’t play, we don’t have adequate replacements in Nikko and Chamakh. Both of them are good at their level, but quite inadequate when it comes to comparing them with RvP.
    We need either to address his injury problem, or get in another decent striker both to act as a replacement, and as a substitute in less important games to rest RvP. I would never like to see RvP go
    though, he is one of the most loyal and committed players I have seen on the pitch.
    Nice article.

    • Tom

      March 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      We should have sold RVP in the summer when Real Madrid offered 25mil for him – fantastic player but Arsenal cannot win any thing with Half a world class Striker in their squad – we are yet again in a position where we are going to the Nou Camp with Bedtner leading our attack – i have supported ARSENAL since 1971 and i can tell you now this side will be out of all competitions in 4 weeks time!!!!!

      Groundhog day again!!!!!!!!

  3. andy

    March 3, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Very true comments! last 3 seasons imagine if rvp had been fit for any sustained period what might have been. Need another top notch striker nikko and cham cannot offer the same brilliance, am sure an rvp who could play 40 games a season would have added to our trophy cabinet!

  4. charlsie

    March 3, 2011 at 10:38 am

    the rvp issues is simple looking at the bigger picture for the team, imagine have half the team out for injuries half the time who will be playing their role..i love him but here is an example while watching the Carling cup final. My Man Utd friend said rvp will score but he will end up injured and that is what happened..the truth is at anytime rvp is just a tackle away from being injured on the field..what should Wenger do, each top team has 2 average top striker, we have only rvp.

  5. Long Island Gunner

    March 3, 2011 at 10:59 am

    You misunderstood RVP’s quote about winning trophies at Arsenal. What he actually said was……

    “I want my treatment table at Arsenal to have a great view of the stand where we collect our trophies each season.”

  6. nikkogunners

    March 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I said the same thing even before. If we fail to win it will not be because we do not have the best first 11 in England and the World, but we have a poor second 11. Now that you said it, i suspect it is the same case with Cesc and even Nasri and Walcott. They get into playing games they should be watching in the bench just in case things were needing to be rescued. With good deputies RvP should not have started Carling Cup Finals with our game schedules. If it was me i would strive to have a strong team B. Meaning you get 3 RvPs and Three Cescs and Three Djoroue’s if we have to win the trophies. I would get rid of Rosicky, Denilson, Bendtner, Scillachi and Almunia. I would bring in Edin Hazard, Vertgotten, Gervinho, Pappis Cisse, and Filipe Melo, and Lloris. This means i will have four reliable strikers in RvP, Pappis Cisse, Chamakh and Gerhinho and a good rotational policy will make everyone happy and no one will be missed so much (like we do when RvP is Injured) if they get injured

  7. brian waldron

    March 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Youve hit the nail on the head. We lack strength and depth and have too many players who are not able to handle the physical aspect of the game. Every time we play a physical side we loose 2 or 3 players for the next game or two. We also have a couple of players who are overated ie. bentnail , glichy, djourou, diaby, eboue, chamak, etc. How many , if any , would make it as a permanent fixture in other top premier sides. Bentnail scored a hattrick against leyton , but realistically they were below par as a opponent. Every good team needs a hard man ,unfortunately we lack one. In addition we need a serious striker who is unafraid to shoot , we are masters at passing the ball to and fro in the oppositions goalmouth and eventually loosing possesion. Goals win games not passes. we need to change our attitude and man up or fade into the background and become another underachieving averae team.

  8. Steve.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm


  9. johnygunner

    March 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    you clowns, if u saw the goal which he sustained the injury, his leg clearly hyper extends on the birmingham defender, shows how far he is willing to go for the club to be successful, put his body on the line for that and we still lost, if only the second string players showed as much heart for the club as rvp then there would be no problem rather then bicker about not being 1st choice, earn it

  10. Ron

    March 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Yes RVP is injury ridden, but he cant bulk up like drogba, we play a fast game, and intensity and stamina is vital…we push the ball up rather fast. and he needs to be agile compared to bulky.

    we are doing it barca – lite…yes but look at their squad and tell me hows that working out. yes they have world class talents…so do we…just that he’s injury prone.

    premier league has some hard hitters…stoke, blackburn, newcastle, chelsea, man city…

    we are in the final stretch…id rather pray and hope the mancs lose to liverpool and we come away with a victory a game in hand and a possible two point lead over them.

    we are not going to beat barca…we have FA and premier league to fight for and we must play all out for those competitions…

    the fact is we play man utd two or three days before they have a champions league semi final away…so we have the advantage.

  11. Sunny

    March 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    He’s too good to let go, the goals he scores are fantastic, does a good job with assists and he also runs around quite a lot, his attitude is excellent aswell.

    the stats are good too, something like 78% of the games he has played in for Arsenal, Arsenal have won.

    but lets face it; Arsenal are a looong way away from Bendner + Chamakh = 1 RVP.

    • Sunny

      March 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      Don’t you guys sometimes get the feeling that our players are sidelined for longer than they need to be????
      Sometimes a bit a excersie by way of being kept playing can put a muscle back into place, get some blood flowing, and in effect take care of it self.

  12. theoptimist

    March 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    “I’m no doctor” – true. Bulking up will not lessen the chances of injuries, as it won’t strengthen the tendons or bones. All it will do is provide his body with muscles even MORE capable of breaking tendons and bones.
    He gives everything, he will get injured. Why do we have to have ONE star striker and three/four not-as-good? Why not have TWO super quality strikers that Chamakh, Bendtner could rotate with?

  13. Alex

    March 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    There’s no point in RVP bulking up. Similarly to the above post, bulking up will lead to stronger muscles, but tendons grow in strength at a much slower rate, so it would probably take 1 or 2 years for them to be measurably better/stronger. He’s late 20’s, whats the point? Even then, RVP would probably become a different player if he bulked up, to some extent anyway. Less agile, flexible, and probably slower (he’s not the quickest anyway) – in essence, it may detract from his current game. I don’t think there’s much to be done about him other than just regarding him as a luxury player who wins us matches whenever he plays. Another top striker is definitely needed. It’s clear that we suddenly become lethal when we have one on the pitch, why not make sure we have one all the time?

  14. CHABBZ H

    March 4, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I agree with most of you, but one thing I will not agree with is selling Van Persie.Why? Let’s look at it this way. Who would be the replacement? Tevez? Rooney? Benzema? Milito? Forlan? Aguero? Huntelaar? Higuain? Villa? Drigba? Who is it going to be? All these players are just as good as ven persie in terms of finishing. To be honest some are not even good as him just highly rated, but none of these players can pass the ball and be agile like Van persie. That’s why Arsene Wenger bought him. Obviously.

    We do have one player who we can Van persie but only when the time is right. That’s Carlos Vela. No one has ever seen the best of him, because he havn’t played properly yet. But he will soon, and he is much stronger than ver persie. So be patient gunners.

    Trust Arsene, after all he is the only manager to win the league unbeaten. So lets cut the guy some slack.

    At the same tie I totally agree on the Injury level. He needs to builed him self up physically. Jut like wallcott did. Look at wallcott, even though he has lost his speed a bit he has builed him self up. Probabbly capello or beckam’s advice worked on him. lol

    However the point is Van persie needs to builed him up and we shouldnt sell him. We already have a replacement coming our way. Lets have some faith. And nikko? I know some fans dont like him much. Please don’t be that silly? He has saved our butt more than a hand full of times, for that we need to have faith in him and respect him. He is doing his best.

    And the second player I like to see bulding up a little bit is Cesc. too many hamstring injuries. But i bet none of you want him to go? Because without him there is no Arsenal. we wont even select to Uefa for sure. Because there is no replacement. But he needs to build up a little too. How many times do you see rooney get injured? Lampard? Gerrard? very rare. Manybe once in a season thought all of them had a couple of bad seasons.. but normally just around once. We get too many injuries because the players are not builed physically properly. But the most talented team. So my only suggestion and the only answer is see to the problem is build the physical aspect of the players keep them fit. The only solution I see.

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