Is The Lion King Set to Replace a ‘Robinned’ van Persie?

I don’t want to sound pessimistic, but I think its unlikely that van Persie will sign a new contract. Unless we’re guaranteed him signing a long term deal then we should be looking at other players before he’s ‘Robinned’ by the Sheikh’s of ‘Manspender’ City.

Well I’ve already failed what I set out to try and do in attempting a positive stance on this transfer debacle but its not particularly easy when the likely outcome is that we’ll lose our captain and best player for the second season in a row. Robin’s a player I’ve admired and looked up to since he first joined and unlike when Vieira, Henry, Fabregas etc. left there isn’t really a player this time who has been at the club for a while and has the talent to become the pinnacle of the side. Of course we have Wilshere, but as we saw with the extreme criticism of Aaron Ramsey despite trying his hardest in every game its a lot of pressure for a 20 year old to take on board, especially one who’s still not back from a long term injury.

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Will this man be off in the summer?

So what do we do? In my opinion the only thing which is going to keep van Persie is trophies and world class players to play with; of course we’ve signed Podolski and that’s a very good start. The fact that many thought he was too high caliber and therefore didn’t fit the prototype of an Arsenal player proves the manager’s transfer policy is either reformed, or it means he has more funds to deal with and will now chase players who can make an impact straight away such as M’Vila and Kagawa. Of course these are dream signings and despite various reports from seemingly reliable ITK’s no one can be certain that they will join. Two strikers linked recently are Fernando Llorente of Europa League finalists Athletic Bilbao and Olivier Giroud of Ligue 1 winners, Montpellier. Llorente has supposedly signed for Arsenal for €25m and will announce this in a press conference tomorrow whilst Arsenal face competition from Bayern Munich and Fenerbache for Giroud if you’re one to believe The Metro.

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Montpellier hotshot, Olivier Giroud could be on his way to Arsenal this summer.

Assuming these two are RVP replacements which one should we go for? Despite being of a similar age to Llorente, Giroud is far less experienced with 93 goals in 216 appearances in comparison with 113 goals in 296 appearances by Llorente. Both strikers have good goal records averaging around a goal every 2 games however it is important to consider the fact that Giroud spent the majority of his career in the lower leagues whilst Llorente has spent 8 years of his career in La Liga and has scored many goals in that time period. Therefore I think it would be a slight gamble going for Giroud, as we have seen with a few recent signings the French league is far inferior to the  Premier League or even La Liga and therefore Llorente would more likely be a player who could come in and probably need less time to adapt than someone like Giroud.

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Or is The Lion King on its way to North London?

Both players fit the category of ‘target men’ however unlike Andy Carroll, Llorente and Giroud are excellent technically and certainly know where the goal is. Neither would a formation change be necessary, both teams play a variant of the 4-3-3 formation which would allow reduced adaptation time. The only problem with Llorente is price. Valued at around £22m, the Spaniard would cost a hefty fee for a player who is out of contract next summer. Giroud meanwhile is valued in the region of £9m-£10m and would be a much cheaper alternative. For this reason I think Giroud is a much more likely signing and although he might not be at Llorente’s level at the moment, the Frenchman would be a decent signing and can only improve at a top club like Arsenal. Despite this he is not good enough to be a direct replacement for van Persie and if the Dutchman were to leave then we should be looking at players of Robin’s level like Gonzalo Higuain despite playing almost half the time van Persie did, managed to score just 8 goals less as Real Madrid romped to the Spanish league title. See @goonerdave66 ‘s piece for more on striker alternatives.

Highlights from “The Charm Striker” Olivier Giroud’s very productive season:

Thought I’d chuck a bit of The Lion King in there as well, enjoy:

That’s all folks. See you next time! And oh yeah, follow me on Twitter @CookieElGooner

Disclamier: The transfer rumour’s in this piece are based on speculation from various sources and should not be interpreted as fact.

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17 Comments

  1. gooner4lyf

     /  May 28, 2012

    I lyk llorente 2 cum arsenal bt do u thk he will cum arsenal whn many clubs bidded 4 him………….

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    • As far as I know, Bilbao haven’t received any offers.Clubs like Manchester City and Barcelona will certainly be looking at him though.

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  2. Arsenal should not let v.persie leave this summer and they should try to sign another classical player

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    • It’s difficult because he is out of contract next summer. Trophies will make him want to stay though.

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  3. Doc brody

     /  May 28, 2012

    Rather than take a risk on Players who may or may not adapt to the English game, I’d rather us sign a mid-table midfielder with a proven track record of scoring goals in the Premiere Leauge. Someone who is physically and mentally tough, experienced in the EPL, and willing to sprint back to help our back 4. Ideally, he’d be a player versatile enough to play different roles in midfield, as well as step in as striker if needed. Hmmm, N
    now who could such a player a player be?

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  4. I see that the lion king will be a striker.

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  5. Davi

     /  May 28, 2012

    They are quite similar players, but it should be pointed out that while the Spanish league does have better teams and better players overall, the French league has exceptionally good defences, and players rarely get much more than 20 goals in a season, as opposed to players scoring 30 and even 40 goals in the PL and La liga. This is partly because strikers like Torres, RVP, Ronaldo and Messi are so good, but also partly because the leagues are so tough.
    I think Llorente is a physically stronger player, but apart from that I don’t think there’s a great deal of difference between him and Giroud. In fact, Giroud may be the superior goalscorer.

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    • Davi

       /  May 28, 2012

      I also think that if RVP did leave, and we replaced him with someone like Giroud or Llorente, we wouldn’t feel it too much simply because we already have Podolski. Lucas is a massive improvement in what was probably our weakest position last year – the wings. He will supplement whoever starts up front with goals and assists. However, if he turns out to be the RVP replacement, I fear we will go backwards because he’s not as good a CF as RVP, and we wont have improved in other areas to offset that loss.

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      • Podolksi did very well as a central striker last season, especially considering the fact that he played with players far below his own ability level. If RVP leaves we need a quality player to replace him.

      • Davi

         /  May 28, 2012

        Yes I think Podolski would do well as a CF at arsenal, but not as good as RVP. I doubt it at least. If he were an RVP replacement for that position, we’d need more goals from elsewhere I think.

    • I appreciate your views on this but disagree that the defending in the French league is stronger. As you say the reason for higher goal tallies in La Liga and the PL is the superior quality of attacking players overall.

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      • Davi

         /  May 28, 2012

        I think if that were true benzema would be scoring more goals in Spain than he did in France, particularly considering he’s playing with an even more dominant side in RM than he did at Lyon. Seriously, the French league is notoriously good defensively.

      • The fact that he scored the same amount of goals in the French league at a younger age proves that there is less quality in that league.

    • Davi

       /  May 28, 2012

      “are so good, but also partly because the leagues are *less strong defensively than people think*!!!”

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      • Davi

         /  May 28, 2012

        “I think if that were true benzema would be scoring more goals in Spain than he did in France, particularly considering he’s playing with an even more dominant side in RM than he did at Lyon. Seriously, the French league is notoriously good defensively.”
        Ahh messed up again – *would have scored more goals in France than he’s doing in spain*!

  6. Davi

     /  May 28, 2012

    Mmm, my benzema example isn’t well thought out. I don’t think it proves either way because he plays for a much more dominant side in Spain, but scores the same number of goals.
    Basically the french league is notorious for low scoring games/seasons. The league consistently produce world class defenders and defensive midfielders, but fewer attackers. When someone does start scoring goals in the French league, people take notice because it’s difficult to do.

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