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Wait Continues For New Striker As Arsenal Move For Midfielder

I feel sorry for Robin Van Persie, and quite frankly, so should everyone else. It seems the Dutchman is single-handedly pulling Arsenal up the table at the moment, with 12 goals making him his side’s top scorer by a huge margin of eight.

If it wasn’t for their inspirational captain, the Gunners would probably be mathematically relegated by now. Well not quite that bad, but they’d certainly be a lot worse off than they are now.

So what should Arsene Wenger do to lift the burden on his one-man band of a striker? Well, he could sign someone with a prolific record in Europe for a start. Hang about, hasn’t the Frenchmen already tried that, with the purchase of former Bordeaux hit-man Marouane Chamakh a year and a half ago?

But sadly for Wenger, the Moroccan hasn’t quite done the business. Almost as if he was a Christmas temp at a super-market, arriving with a good reputation from his local Spar.

However, just 8 goals in 34 appearances proved that the 27 year-old can’t really handle it on the bigger stage, and will be probably be on his way out at the end of the season. Or after Christmas for the benefit of the metaphor.

Most Arsenal fans would love Wenger to spend big-bucks on someone who can give RVP a break every so often, let him put his feet up and watch that Last of the Summer Wine boxset he’s been buzzing to break out. Although instead of a forward, the Gunners continue to be linked with Real Madrid’s Esteban Granero.

The rumours have intensified recently, with reports in various papers claiming that due to Abou Diaby’s fitness issues, the Spaniard could be on his way to the Emirates come January. But with Van Persie the only man getting the goals, signing another midfielder would be like going out to buy an oven and coming home with a washing machine.

And when you’ve already got a washing machine called Mikel Arteta, the other one may not be worthwhile. Still, Granero has undoubted ability and would no doubt provide extra class and creativity.

But poor old Robin, the wait to have a genuine striking partner/replacement looks set to go on.



  1. John (Surrey)

    November 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Why do you bleat on about Arsenal being a one man team Why not Barca with Messi, or ManU with Rooney. There is no difference

  2. GCranfield

    November 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    What a joke of an article. Feel sorry for him? Because a striker is scoring the majority of his teams goals? Did you write this same article about Henry? Ian Wright? Ridiculous. Yes we would like 3 RvP’s. I am sure Barca would like 3 Messi’s to take some of this ‘pressure’ off him from scoring all the time. Poor Messi.

  3. dxn

    November 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    You really have absolutely nothing to write about, isn’t it?

  4. eddie

    November 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    So now we are surprised that our striker is our leading goal scorer! Maybe you expected Santos or TV to do the job! Its team work, and the captain is simply doing what he is paid for!!

  5. Robert

    November 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    What a load of crap! No single person makes a whole team.

    Who creates the chances for van Persie – van Persie himself??
    Who prevents us from conceding – van Persie?!
    Who controls the ball in midfield and dispossesses the opponent – van Persie??

    The answer is: we have a good TEAM that works well together.
    Look at our keeper! Almost a world-class keeper.
    Look at Koscielny! Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker! First-rate defenders.
    Look at Song’s and Arteta’s stability in midfield! Grace, stamina and excellent reading of the game.
    Look at Gervinho’s wonderful assists to van Persie against Chelski! The speed, the inventiveness, the technical ablity!
    Look at Ramsey’s brilliant through-pass to Gervinho leading up to van Persie’s goal against Chelsea!
    Look at Walcott in his great moments! He’s unstoppable.

    And just wait until Wilshere returns!
    Arsenal have a great team!

    Ergo: some people are simply brain-dead and shouldn’t be permitted to wate our time by writing these columns.

  6. Eriss

    November 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    You are a comlete sadist. Why not jump into the lagoon and end up there? Arsenal loses a match, it’s a crisis ridden team, wins a match and it’s a one man team. Phew, i’ve never known a writer this lousy .

  7. Embarrassing story

    November 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    This Article is quite an insult to arsenal fc,its an embarrassing story line,How about rafael van der vaart scoring almost all the goals for tot-ham, C-ronaldo for real m, meesi for barca, rooney at manu, what a fargot trying just to make living by crucifying others names,C’mon man,get self self a better job

  8. fred

    November 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Writting is definately not one of your talents, hate is, you are good at sour-graping, you need to take tim and rethink what best you can do to occupy your bored life than wasting our precious time with crap articles.

  9. Gabzy

    November 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    why feel sorry for van persie? Arsenal is not a one man team, RVP is doing what he is paid to do, plus he is not the only one to praise, the whole team is why we are where we are, if you want to start pointing fingers, how about starting with Gervinho? check his assists, 9 out of 10 had set up RVP goals, how about SONG? Mertasacker, Kosch, Arteta, Rosicky who is highly under rated, I like him, he works very hard, Sanga,everyone in the team is the reason why RVP is performing well. RVP is a great player and we need to get himm to re sign. we need to keep what we have and just and a bit more strength, power, creativity and stability like Hazard or M’Villa or Marvin Martin and a top class defence, I will still go for samba, vergas, or venhogan. we are biginning to play as a team for once, great that vermalen is back, walcot is stepping up, we stiil have joe campbell on loan again who is an outstanding player. i like Chamakh, I still think he has alot to offer, hope he stays and prove to us, I wouldn’t mind even bringing Toure back, I think he only left because of Gallas, not money, otherwise he would stay at Man City. lastly, all these fake Arsenal supporters that want to get rid of wenger needs to go and have a bubble bath regarding spending money on players, wenger is just the manager not the owner, if the board is not giving him the money to spend, why is wenger getting the blame, after all, what manager wouldn’t want to spend if they had the money to? u same fake supporters was gunning wenger for buying young OXC, now you happy with the performance from this talented young player, wenger knows what he is doing, let wenger do his job and shut the hell up and support. IN WENGER I TRUST… GOONER 4 LIFE.

  10. abamatt

    November 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    i take side with this article, bcos wenger cannot claim to have 3 guality striker stil allow only rvp to play week-in-week-out.

  11. ArsenalUSA

    November 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    This article proves that any idiot tosser can post to a blog.

  12. Charles coolant

    November 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I not suprise dat pipo wo tok alot abt arsenal being a 1 man team wen they win,dat wont bi amg top 4 bse they’re not big spendas,av poor defenders wen they concede a goal or 2 thou won n yet manu 6-1,liverpol 4-0,totenum 4-1,chelsea 5-3. 4sure these ar not arsenal fans but are manu,totenum,chelsea or mancity fans

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  14. gunner

    November 5, 2011 at 7:48 am

    feelin’ sorry for RVP??.. who has come out of his long injury spell and is in the best form of his life??.. lol.. he will kill you if he hears this..hope he goes on n on.. however in the striker department we definitely need one more top class guy.. i think chamakh is better when we’re playing 4-4-2. Park still needs playing time. RVP is all guns blazin’.. we need someone else who can keep up the conversion rate like him, if he gets injured (hope that doesn’t happen). Rest of the team looks awesome now..assists..through balls … even the defence. I remember the groans of all arsenal fans around the stadium previous seasons when we were creating so many chances but the finishing just fell short.. it would have been a goal fest if all of them were converted.. way above other teams.. Hope the jovetic rumour materializes and he is what they say he is.

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