Will Van Persie Make The Grade?
Van Persie. A talented young player, with ultimate potential. But, straight to the point, Van Persie is a very important player to us last and this season, for he is the only beside Henry who can score goals.
We always had 3 goal scorers. But, Ljungberg no longer one and Pires left, we had nobody to pull the trigger, therefore, Van Persie goal scoring instincts were needed more than ever.
But in the long run, I just can't see him fit in. He somehow does not play arsenal passing free-flowing style. You look at most of his goals, and almost every one of them are simple tap in's or individual goals. Rarely are they are a result in which he plays a big part in build up.
He is said to be like Bergkamp, but is nothing like Bergkamp. He is solely a trigger-puller, one we probably need now, but we will need someone a lot better than that in the long run. He lacks Bergkamp playmaking skills as well as consistently making good runs.
The chance he wasted against Reading was absolutely horrifying. Every other Arsenal player in his position would have passed it to Henry on the left.
And Van Persie wants to be a star. Sadly, with Henry, the team HAS to be played around him. Van Persie needs to learn this.
Van Persie is also terribly one-footed. He has, in my opinions only two options to succeed:
1. Wenger plays him on the right, and Hleb plays on the left, Rosicky plays behind Henry this is the position he plays for Holland, cuts inside with his left foot. This position fully utilises his talents.
2. Van Persie learns to be more central, like Torres and two-footed.
Unless Van Persie becomes a team player A.S.A.P, he place in team will be threatened by Aliadiere and Baptista. Granted, neither of them has proven anything but:
1. Both are central and two-footed.
2. Both have a lot more pace than Van Persie
3. His place could even threatened by Ribery or Walcott. If either secures the left wing spot, Rosicky will play the Bergkamp role, and Van Persie will be left out.
MY PREDCITION ON VAN PERSIE: He'll be replaced by Aliadiere sooner than later.
Article submitted by Amin.
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