Breaking news comes from the Arsenal and Manchester United camps as Arsenal has agreed to transfer striker Robin van Persie for a cool 22 million euros. But not all is lost Arsenal fans, your team should be fine without Van Persie.
Recently, it had become clear to both Van Persie and Arsenal that the team was moving in a direction that Van Persie did not agree with. Tensions began to grow before finally Arsenal pulled the trigger with the transfer to Manchester United.
The loss of Van Persie is a big one, but it can be overcome. Arsenal has focused on signing attacking players during transfer season. The addition of Santi Cazorla figures to add depth to the Gunners midfield and he should start along side either Abou Diaby or Jack Wilshere.
Nineteen-year-old Chuks Aneke should also contribute this season. After making his debut late last season he's been itching to get back on the pitch and prove that he can be the dominant player the Gunners think he can become.
Lukas Podolski also figures to be in the mix. The 27-year-old showed solid striking ability against Cologne and he said "that is the kind of goal Arsenal fans can expect from me." If he continues to perform, Arsenal could soon forget about Robin van Persie.
Another piece that Arsenal could be happy they have is 6'4" Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman is a very physical player and his teammate on both Arsenal and the French National Team, Laurent Koscielny, feels that Giroud will really perform for the Gunners.
We also can't forget about up-and-comer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who at only 19 years old is already making his presence known for Arsenal as well as the England National Team during Euro 2012. Oxlade-Chamberlain sees himself being an exciting player. In an interview with Arsenal.com Oxlade-Chamberlain talked with Joe Brewin, saying:
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I like to take people on and be an exciting player, that is just my game. People expect you to be exciting all the time but sometimes you just have those matches where that side of the game is not coming off or you are working harder to defend for the team and keep it simple.
He seems ready to make an impact from the get-go.
There is also Ivory Coast forward Gervinho who didn't play his best football at times for Arsenal last year. However, with his strong pace and effect finishing as well as his excellent preseason he should figure to be a major player this upcoming EPL season.
The rest of the team figures to fall into place with many returning players. Much has been said about goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny's poor performance in Euro 2012, but it should be looked upon as a building experience and he should come out and play well for the Gunners.
While the loss of Van Persie is a tough pill to swallow for Arsenal fans, the Gunners made sure to put players in place that could perform along side him or, in this case, replace him. The future may not look so bright now, but Arsenal has some young players who want to show what they can do and it COULD be another exciting year at Emirates Stadium.