Robin Van Persie: Where Does the Arsenal Striker Fit in Best?
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There's no secret anymore: Robin van Persie wants out.
Although Arsene Wenger may not be able to admit it, it's ultimately his undoing that van Persie wants out. Well that, and seven trophy-less years. Nonetheless, the 28-year-old forward is looking for a way out of London, with both Manchester clubs, Juventus and a number of others interested.
But the question is: Where does he fit in best?
Let's have a look:
There is a lot of good and bad about joining a side like Manchester United, and for Robin van Persie it's no different. The Dutchman would be playing alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney (which up until now was only able to be accomplished on FIFA), Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck, three of England's brightest stars.
His chances of winning the Premiership increase and he joins a side very capable of winning the UCL (not that Arsenal isn't...). The cons are, however, that he would more than likely lose his captaincy, with Vidic, Evra and Rooney in front of him.
That, and he wouldn't make as much as say a Manchester City Robin van Persie would.
Overall chances: 50 percent
Same case as United really, just adding more money. RvP might be able to keep his captaincy here however, and would receive a very hefty sum of cash should he make the switch. Not to mention the fact that any front line led by Robin van Persie with Sergio Aguero running around him would make any defense scared.
There are cons to a City move, however.
For example, this team isn't really a well-gelled team but rather a team that is a sum of money lumped together. True, they won the Premiership, but looking at their Champions League campaign no one can really say they were impressed.
Now this would be an interesting mix. With Juve looking at Liverpool's Luis Suarez to add up front with him, the Serie A champions could have quite a lot to offer.
The promise of Champions League football is there again, but also the chance of a fresh start. A different league also might make it easier on van Persie to leave so that he wouldn't have to face his old club on a regular basis.
The money isn't what United or City could put up with, but the chance to start fresh and win something more is definitely just as much there as it is in Manchester.
Overall chances: 30 percent
Admittedly a long shot, Real Madrid would be a tougher mix for van Persie, but again one that would allow him to switch leagues, start fresh and one that is definitely always in the running for the Champions League title. A starter spot would be tougher to grab under Mourinho, but RvP could fight his way into a side that would see him pair up with Karim Benzema to become quite the deadly force.
Overall chances: 5 percent
Yea, yea, yea. I get it. Robin van Persie doesn't want to return to Arsenal. But let's speculate for a little bit.
Let's say he doesn't get sold this summer and tells Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis okay, one more year. Playing in front of a healthy set of Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the wings and Lukas Podolski next to him while RvP is wearing that captain's band in front of a packed Emirates?
It would be tempting for the beloved captain to stay. Is it likely? Maybe more likely than a switch to the Madridistas, but still very improbable.
Overall chances: 10 percent
In the end, wherever Robin van Persie goes, Arsenal fans are going to lose respect for him because he dodged out of their preseason tour to force a move, and wherever he ends up he'll become a fan favorite.
Will RvP be as prolific anywhere else but Arsenal? That's a question that only time can answer.
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