Robin Van Persie Transfer Rumours: Why RVP Should Join Juventus
Hopefully van Persie stays loyal to the Gunners, who stood by him when he suffered a fractured metatarsal, a knee ligament tear and ruptured ankle ligaments.
Though if he was to leave, here is why he should join Juventus.
5. Juventus Want Robin Van Persie
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Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta wants Robin van Persie:
He is a complete player and would be useful to any team. But he still has one year left on his contract with Arsenal. We will try to put the icing on the cake this summer but the important thing is that the mix is good.
In 2003, van Persie's toxic relationship with then-Feyenoord manager Bert van Marwijk gave the impression that van Persie was uncoachable.
Arsenal were the only club willing to take a £2.75 million "risk" on him—it worked out in the long run.
Given van Persie's injury record, it would be a risk for Juventus to sign him, but they're hoping and praying he doesn't turn back into glass.
Leaving Arsenal for Juventus would be an upgrade for van Persie.
This is Juventus, who have had world-class attackers like Alessandro Del Piero, Michel Platini, Giampiero Boniperti, Roberto Baggio, Roberto Bettega, John Charles, Pavel Nedved, Zinedine Zidane and many more.
4. Juventus Are a Better Side Than Arsenal
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Gianluigi Buffon > Wojciech Szczęsny: All-time great vs. up and coming goalkeeper.
Bacary Sagna > Stephan Lichtsteiner: Lichtsteiner isn't world-class like Sagna, who unfortunately may never be the same after two breaks in the same leg.
Andrea Barzagli > Thomas Vermaelen: On form, the best centre-back in the world compared to a centre-back who has forgotten how to defend.
Giorgio Chiellini > Laurent Koscielny: Koscielny isn't as solid as Chiellini; mind you the Frenchman has been great this season.
Paolo De Ceglie > Kieran Gibbs: I don't rate either of them but if I had to choose, I'd pick De Ceglie.
Arturo Vidal > Alex Song: Vidal is a freak of nature. I'm convinced he drinks Red Bull at half-time because how else does he have that much energy? He accumulates 5.4 tackles and 2.2 interceptions per game versus Song's 2.9 tackles and 1.9 interceptions per game.
Mikel Arteta > Claudio Marchisio: Arteta is more efficient.
Andrea Pirlo > Tomas Rosicky: Pirlo's 13 assists, 125 created shots and 414 successful long passes versus Rosický's 4 assists, 41 created shots and 36 successful long passes.
Theo Walcott > Simone Pepe: The Englishman is a more incisive threat.
Robin van Persie > Alessandro Matri: Thierry Henry scored 30 Premier League goals during the season of The Invincibles. Matri scored 10, yet Juventus still went unbeaten in Serie A.
Mirko Vučinić > Gervinho: I've no idea what's happened to Gervinho. Vučinić has overachieved considering what Giuseppe Marotta said (via Football Italia): "Vučinić is someone we like and his arrival wouldn't block that of a top player." Got to love Italians for being brutally honest.
Final result: Juventus 7-4 Arsenal.
3. Robin Van Persie Will Score More Goals at Juventus
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|League Only||Andrea Pirlo||Tomás Rosický||Alex Song||Aaron Ramsey|
|Accurate Long Passes||414||36||111||105|
|Pass Completion Percentage||86.9%||85.3%||84.3%||87.3%|
Do you know who has created the most shots at Arsenal? Robin van Persie with 92.
Talking about Juventus' forwards...
Mirko Vučinić deserves to be stuck out wide because his finishing is dreadful—nine goals from 102 shots.
Alessandro Matri didn't show enough heart or desire to score more goals.
The less said about Fabio Quagliarella, the better.
Marco Borriello was ineffective.
Van Persie will be Juve's go-to-guy and he could potentially score 50 goals in a season.
2. Robin Van Persie Could Be Joining a Dynasty
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The fact that Juventus not only won Serie A but went unbeaten without a productive forward shows how great of a manager Antonio Conte is.
Conte needs to reinforce at left-back and buy a centre forward that can score 25+ goals in Serie A.
Obviously if Conte uses a 3-5-2, then he won't need a left-back, but if he wants to use a more conventional formation like a 4-3-3, he needs a solid left-back—try Henri Bedimo or Alexander Büttner.
If Robin van Persie joins Juventus, then watch out, it could transition into Conte's dynasty.
1. Final Comment
Fernando Redondo was so taken aback by AC Milan's support through his rehabilitation that he suspended his salary and tried to give back his house and car.
After recovering from a serious knee injury, Damiano Tommasi shocked Roma's management by requesting the minimum wage—€1,500 a month.
In 2007, Robin van Persie did his knee and was out for two months, having just recovered from a broken foot a few months earlier.
Emmanuel Adebayor was the man of the moment, so Arsenal didn't need van Persie, but he needed them.
Right now van Persie doesn't need Arsenal but they need him—will he be loyal to the Gunners? Please comment below.
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