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Robin Van Persie Saga: Should Gunners Swap Forward for David Villa Plus Cash?

KHARKOV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17:  Robin van Persie of Netherlands shows his dejection as he walks off the pitch after the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Portugal and Netherlands at Metalist Stadium on June 17, 2012 in Kharkov, Ukraine.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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Hasmat MustunCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2012

The Robin Van Persie saga carries on today with the Telegraph that Juventus are leading the chase to land their man should he leave the club this summer.

Something Arsene Wenger would not be too pleased about, especially after he promised to buy an ice cream to a journalist because he was so sure his striker would not move to Serie A.

Amongst other reported rumours, The Sun reports Barcelona and PSG are keen to bid for Van Persie. It has also been claimed that Barcelona would try to sell David Villa to fund for the purchase of the Dutchman.

Would it be such a bad idea if Arsenal tried to offload RVP to Barca for a swap deal involving David Villa plus cash?

This makes sense as the Spaniard is already a proven striker with a fantastic record for both club and country. Villa has been out virtually all season after breaking his leg for Barcelona early in December 2011. Therefore I would expect a lot of eyebrows to be raised about this proposal for a swap deal.

But a David Villa back on form is unstoppable! And he has experience. He would be a remarkable addition to an already full-blooded attacking line up consisting of Podolski and Giroud.

I think Arsenal could even make some money to use for further transfers. There have been reports about strikers replacing Van Persie, but Arsenal are short of creative attacking midfielders. Too much pressure cannot be placed on a young Jack Wilshere. And it never hurts for any team to have quality competitions amongst the squad.

This brings me to my next subject. Arsenal need to go out and get Lloris. A French source claims a deal has already been agreed, per talkSPORT.

It is fundamental for the Gunners to bring in a decent goalkeeper to push their current No. 1, Szczęsny. The Polish keeper has barely been tested with competition this season and this is not ideal for his mentality. 

He is already a confident young man but too much confidence can lead to mistakes. There are several occasions where the Gunners' No. 1 put his teammates in trouble at the end of last season with some unwarranted passes. Hugo Lloris can only make Arsenal better.

In Arsene Wenger we should trust. Over the past three seasons Arsenal have had something negative to deal with, and despite a horrific start to last season, the Gunners still finished third. This is something Des Kelly points out effectively in his column for the Daily Mail.

This is not a club in crisis.

RVP gave eight years to Arsenal. Wenger has already replaced him in my view with Podolski. You only have to look at the German international's top five goals to realise he has what it takes to take over from the current Arsenal captain.

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