Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Alan Dzagoev Would Ease Potential Loss of RVP
Van Persie led the English Premier League with 30 goals last season, and he single-handedly carried Arsenal to a third-place finish. But with new additions Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, combined with the potential signing of Dzagoev, Arsenal's attack wouldn't miss the Dutchman too much.
The 22-year-old Dzagoev has all the tools necessary to be one of the best players in the world someday.
He is clever with and without the ball, finding pockets in the defense and exploiting them with his expert skills. He has elite quickness and is an absolute menace with the ball at his feet, using his gorgeous footwork and supreme creativity to wreak havoc in the attacking third.
Dzagoev was dominant for CSKA Moscow this season, and he carried his success over to the international stage. At Euro 2012, Dzagoev scored as many goals as elite players Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Balotelli and Mario Gomez, despite playing in fewer games than all of them.
Paired with Giroud up front, the Gunners would have one of the most dangerous goalscoring tandems in the EPL.
As you can see in the video above, Giroud is one of the most complete strikers in the game. He scores in every way imaginable, providing clinical finishes with his head and feet. He's quality in the air, consistently converts on volleys, automatic in front of the net and dangerous from distance.
With his physical strength and aerial skills, he would also be the perfect complement to Dzagoev. Add in Podolski terrorizing teams in the midfield and Arsenal would suddenly have one of the most balanced and deadly offenses in the entire league.
Of course, the Gunners would love to retain van Persie, who is a crowd favorite and one of the best strikers in the world. If he does decide to leave, however, Arsenal will be in good hands, especially if they can sign Dzagoev.
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