Even though longtime great striker Robin van Persie may be headed for the exit, Arsenal has still shown signs of promise in this offseason and will build on the moves they've made.
The pulp of Arsenal's summer has revolved around the uncertain future of van Persie. The Dutch striker tore up the Premier League in 2011-12 with 30 goals and became just the second player ever in the league's history to score against 17 different teams in one campaign.
The 29-year-old has not found the type of success that he hoped for in Arsenal, and after announcing he won't be signing a new contract with the Gunners (per Daily Mail), his time is likely up in Emirates Stadium. But that doesn't discount the fact that the club has made some significant moves that will ensure continued success.
One of the biggest moves of the sport's offseason was Arsenal's acquisition of Lukas Podolski. The experienced and polished German will add menacing ability and fluidity to an Arsenal attack that will need at least that much without van Persie.
The 27-year-old also gives the Gunners a "gunner" from mid to long range, with a scary left foot that will send balls flying through the EPL for years to come. They've missed such a capability on their squad since the departure of Samir Nasri just a year ago and have been depleted at the position since losing Cesc Fabregas as well.
With the way people have been talking about Arsenal lately, everyone seems to have forgotten that they went from fourth place to third place in the all-important year after Nasri and Fabregas left town.
Podolski scored 18 goals in 29 matches for Cologne (FC Koln) of Bundesliga, a stellar score sheet for playing on a team that ended up being relegated.
He won't be the only fresh, able player joining Arsenal. French forward Olivier Giroud will also be joining forces with the squad.
Giroud will likely be a main component in replacing van Persie. Although he doesn't possess the striking presence to become an heir apparent, he will be able to fill the void up front in the goal-scoring department, similar to what Marouane Chamakh did for the club in recent years when van Persie was hampered by injury.
Arsenal can't help the fact that the media world loves to over-hype instances like this. And while it may be far from an insignificant departure to the Gunners, no one player is bigger than the team.
When it comes down to it, Arsenal will move on from this mess and will be able to remain a heavy favorite to remain in the top four and earn another berth in the Champions League. The mere fact that they can do so after losing van Persie speaks volumes to the strength of this club's core.
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