Very recently, it was reported in Arsenal.com that Robin van Persie will be heading to Manchester United. After being linked to big clubs such as reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City, and reigning Italian champions, Juventus, the Dutchman has finally found a destination.
The whole transfer saga started out with van Persie's refusal to Arsenal's contract. This was the stimulus to the other big clubs to make an effort to sign the prolific scorer.
After what seemed to be a successful summer for the Gunners, with the signings of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, and Santi Cazorla, the transfer window situation became bleak with van Persie's official departure.
So, with their star captain heading out the doors of the Emirates, the looks of Arsenal's upcoming season have changed.
Now that van Persie is out of the Arsenal picture, here is what will change for Arsenal's upcoming season and the rest of the transfer window.
Now with Arsenal's star captain out of the picture for the upcoming season, hopes of winning the Premier League title for the Gunners will slowly vanish. It was due to a fantastic season filled with many goals that Arsenal managed to finish third place in the league.
With Arsenal's new signings however, the Arsenal attack can't have too many problems. Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, and Santi Cazorla are all players who can help to produce many goals.
They have all scored various goals with their respective clubs last season, and they will be likely to score goals with Arsenal.
However, without the presence of their star striker and leader in van Persie, winning the title will be much harder with other big clubs having improved their squads.
Arsenal would need to perform well every match, consistent defensive performances from each player would be necessary for Arsenal to have a chance at success.
With all the other tournament possibilities for Arsenal, even the chances of winning those cups would dampen.
With the other big Premier League teams likely to make big efforts in the FA Cup or Carling Cup, the trophy chances for Arsenal would be similar what was explained in the previous slide.
Arsenal would need to unleash their best possible performance every match and not crumble against weaker teams like they have done in the past on some occasions.
As it is, Manchester United is a team that always has a chance of winning the Premier League; their squad is always strong and is improving and strengthening immensely.
This summer, the Red Devils acquired Shinji Kagawa, youngster, Nick Powell, and now they will have Robin van Persie.
They will have arguably the best attacking duos in the Premier League with van Persie and Wayne Rooney likely to pair up and tear the Premier League apart.
Their midfield is also already very strong with the likes of Nani, Kagawa, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, and many more.
Their defense is also one of the most sound ones in the league. With players such as Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, and many more.
They just fell short of the title last season with a squad that was already strong; now their squad is even better, so the title is closer to their reach than last season.
With their star striker gone, Arsenal's new signing will be bound to start the majority of the Gunners' matches as striker.
With other players such as Chamakh and Park, who is likely to leave, Giroud is pretty much the only option for taking the Gunners' attack upfront.
The Frenchman came off a great season in which he was the top scorer in the French League. He will need to replicate that performance or do even better to make a significant impact with the Gunners.
Players such as Alex Song and Theo Walcott have been linked with potential moves away from the Emirates.
Neither of these moves are certain, but with van Persie's departure, the likelihood of the moves occurring has increased.
That would just worsen things for the Gunners and decrease whatever chances they have of doing well in the upcoming season.
With the way other big clubs have been improving their squads in the Premier League, Arsenal's task that lies ahead of them has just become more difficult.
Chelsea has made their midfield one of the best by adding Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Marko Marin to their team. They already have good players such as Frank Lampard, so they will be looking to have a successful season.
Manchester City's team is already one of the best in the league, so they will be looking to repeat their wonderful success after a title winning season.
I already explained how Manchester United have improved their team.
Tottenham have also been on the road to improvement as they have signed Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen.
With this, Arsenal might not even continue their ongoing record and qualify for the Champions League of 2013-2014.
Their is a possibility of Arsenal qualifying, but without a star like Robin van Persie, it seems like a very difficult challenge for the Gunners.
In the summer of 2011, Arsenal lost a few very influential players, of which two of them were midfield stars, Cesc Fábregas and Samir Nasri.
For Fábregas, he had wanted to rejoin his childhood club, but Nasri was lured away from the Emirates by Manchester City.
That left Arsenal with a tough summer transfer window. The Gunners made many signings towards the end of the summer, and that left the team scrambling. This lead to the horrible start to the season that included a 2-0 loss to Liverpool and the 8-2 loss to Manchester United.
Now, Arsenal will be losing Robin van Persie after he had his best season.
There might even be a possibility that after an Arsenal player has a great 2012-2013 campaign, he might leave Arsenal for another team.
This is a trend that Arsenal needs to stop as soon as possible because if the Gunners keep losing their best players, they won't be able to compete to win a trophy.
Ultimately, this is a situation that Arsenal has seen before.
In the summer of 2011, Arsenal lost two of their best players. They then went on to start the season horrendously, but they managed to comeback and win many inspiring victories that lead to Arsenal's comeback to a third place finish.
Arsenal is a very strong team in terms of their mental game; if Arsenal managed to do it after losing two influential players, they should be able to comeback after losing one player.
They made three signings early in the transfer window, so they got to train and play with the rest of the team. It would make Arsenal's start better than last season. And, if they can maintain good performances, their season might not turn out that badly after all.
Robin van Persie's departure makes every other task for Arsenal much more difficult, but Arsenal is a strong, big team.
So, do you think Arsenal will crumble without their star striker? Or will Arsenal find the mental strength to have another solid season?
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