Is it time Emirates boss Arsene Wenger considered a big name replacement for perpetually crocked Dutchman.
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I love Robin Van Persie. I have told everyone I have ever spoken about the Beautiful Game that is football, that the Dutch International is one of the best player’s on Planet Earth when he is fully fit and raring to go. The problem is, that happens once every 12 months.
The Arsenal striker is now 27 now. His first start came two days after his 21st birthday and he has now racked up 94 Premier League starts. That is a frightening statistic and one the club seems powerless to do anything about. Basically it means that since RVP joined the club from Feyenoord, he has missed more games than he has played. It’s a record that is normally aligned only to players who have the name Owen, be it Owen Hargreaves of Michael Owen.
The point is, when does Arsene Wenger decide to go out and buy someone to replace the Rotterdam man? For the past six and a bit seasons we have always been talking about bringing players in to partner Van Persie, for alternative attacking options and it’s got to the stage that it is now a case of us perhaps needing to plan in a different way.
We know that Robin will be out for at least three months of every season, as sure as eggs is eggs. With that in mind is Nicklas Bendtner really a player we can depend on as our best goalscoring threat? Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate what the lanky Dane has to offer us, but it ain’t 20 goals a season.
Marouane Chamakh has luckily excelled beyond all expectations but of late his performances have seemed laboured and again the Moroccan is perhaps not our best case scenario either. Obviously we know that Wenger won’t make such a move, but I would love it if he sprung out a big fee and went all in for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, I would rate him as being able to really give us the goalscoring power of a TH14 or thereabouts.
If you look at the last few seasons our midfield has had to provide us with a huge chunk of our goalscoring burden and this puts added pressure on the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Andrei Arshavin that in turn affects their overall game. So why don’t we just go out and make an offer?
I know people will say, quite rightly, Wenger doesn’t spend big. But why not? Haven’t we reached the point where he HAS to spend big? Not wishing to complain but six seasons since “The Invincibles” and Premier League success in general makes me as a season ticket holder desperate to see my club put their money where their mouth is.
We are a well run club. We are making profits whilst others are either kept afloat by sugar daddies or in mountains of debt. We are neither. I see no real reason why we wouldn’t make an offer for a player of Benzema’s obvious ability. Hell, Arsene wanted the Frenchman when he was at Lyon and he is still only 22, so why not?
Real Madrid can only say ‘no’, but I don’t know why they would as there seems little point in Jose Mourinho keeping hold of a player he only rolls out for Copa Del Rey games whilst slowly getting more and more pissed off. Benzema can only say “no”, but again I don’t see why he would. He may have some inkling of hope that he can persuade ‘The Special One’ of his merits. However he could just as easily look at the La Liga table and see how the Madristas are top of the pile, with 25 goals from nine games which would probably tell the striker all he needs to know about that pipedream.
I know that a move for a player that could cost £20m plus is so damn unlikely, but I would have to ask ‘why’?