The sale of Robin van Persie to rivals Manchester United was received negatively amongst the Arsenal faithful, as they would have hoped to influence his stay at the club.
Here is a player they once idolised and respected, and an exit to a rival club was hard to envisage. But, on 17 August 2012, the player moved to Old Trafford, and went on to help his new team win the Premier League title.
Arsene Wenger obviously, was the man to be crucified for his departure. He hadn’t to worry only about filling the vacuum Van Persie left, but also making sure the filling item(s) was suitable and durable, or he would endure the hair-dryer treatment from the locals during match-days at the Emirates.
With pressure mounting, and Van Persie's exit from the club imminent, he opted to sign former Montpelliier striker Olivier Giroud - the striker was in red-hot form for his former club, and was about to carry that feat to a new league.
As usual, the faithful, pundits and writers, didn’t hesitate to express their opinions on his
incompetency to replace Van Persie. Surprisingly, the player himself was feeling insecure and clearly explained that he hoped to ‘”partner” the Dutchman upfront and not “replace”, and even though, it would take him years to replicate his immense works.
And one can’t blame the French international for uttering such words. Robin van Persie is the
sort of player that brings positivity from a negative game, and could singlehandedly win a game all alone.
As aforementioned, the Dutch striker ported to the red side of Manchester, with the hopes of helping then manager Sir Alex Ferguson grasp his 20th league title. He did, proficiently too. In class, style; he on most occasions, all alone, helped United win tough games with his well orchestrated collections of mouth-watering goals.
Not surprisingly, Robin’s success in his maiden season at Manchester United heaped more pressure on Giroud to display his goods at Arsenal, which he eventually scaled through fairly.
For a player scoring 17 goals; 11 assist in 47 appearances during his debut season in a new
league and club, it ostensibly augurs what to expect from the player the following season.
And that following season has started fruitfully for the 6ft 4in striker - banging five goals in eight games this season.
With a fully balanced midfield comprising of talents like Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, and Aaron Ramsey, it was always probable for a striker to enjoy goalscoring benefits from the trio, and with the latest world-class recruit in the form of Mesut Ozil, Giroud will enjoy the advantages at his disposal.
His body positioning and ability to deflower goalscoring opportunities is rapidly improving, and that could fork out a huge amount of goals for the player this campaign.
Competition for the Golden Boot award is certainly feisty this season, with Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and Robin van Persie having a fine start for Liverpool, Aston Villa, and Manchester United respectively.
But, from a tactical view, it’s audaciously clear that if Giroud vehemently utilizes the support from the current midfield jewel at Arsenal, he could produce a healthy sum of goals that will see him secure the Golden Boot in only his second season in England.
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