Arsenal Transfer: RVP Departure Is a Blessing in Disguise for the Gunners

Raul HingoraniCorrespondent IIAugust 17, 2012

KHARKOV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17:  Robin van Persie of Netherlands looks on before the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Portugal and Netherlands at Metalist Stadium on June 17, 2012 in Kharkov, Ukraine.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Arsenal has had a pretty good transfer window. They managed to bring in three top-class attacking talents with Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla.

All three of them have the abilities to take the Gunners forward.

However, Arsenal's ongoing transfer saga involving their star striker, Robin van Persie, has taken an interesting, yet final, turn.

After being linked with other clubs such as Juventus and Manchester City, the Dutchman has finally found a destination with Manchester United being the club he'll be playing for next season.

There are various negative points that can be taken out this transfer. The player who just had his best career season has departed to one of Arsenal's big rivals, who will now be one of the biggest threats to win the Premier League.

With him also goes some of the confidence that was built up at the end of last season and with the new arrivals of the summer signings.

Despite the negatives that can be taken out of this transfer, there are quite a few positives that can be taken from this whole situation.

In this article, I will be explaining one of those points. 

With all of the Gunners' three signings having played a match, Arsène Wenger has been given an idea of how each player can fit in into Arsenal's lineup.

Cazorla proved that he can be very efficient in a central position. In Arsenal's preseason friendly against Cologne, Cazorla was dictating play from a central position. The Spanish maestro was stringing together many incisive passes and one-twos that would lead to good chances to score goals.

Lukas Podolski came out strong in the first half on the left flank. He scored two goals, of which one was a penalty. But overall he was strong in both halves. He played in a more central position in the second half.

Giroud played up front as a striker, where he managed to create good chances for himself and get good link-ups with his teammates. This will be the primary position he plays in next season.

So, with this, Cazorla and Podolski's places in the starting lineup would be more certain than Giroud's if van Persie would be part of the picture for Arsenal's upcoming season.

With van Persie being the top striker on the list, that would mean that Giroud would be heading to the bench, unless the Gunners would use a two-striker formation. But, it is likely that Arsenal might just use a 4-2-3-1.

Now, though, van Persie will be heading to Manchester United, so that gives room for Giroud to lead the Arsenal attack as a starting striker. 

In the Sun, it was reported that Wenger will not be looking to replace van Persie and sign another striker. He claims that Giroud and Podolski are enough to replace him. 

This assures a starting place for Giroud in the Arsenal starting lineup.

This might seem a bit risky in the minds of some. It certainly is, as it would be Giroud's first season in the physical Premier League.

But in a way, this could be very good for Arsenal. 

Giroud just came off the bet season of his career, in which he was the top scorer in the French league and lead his team to a Ligue 1 title.

Bringing these kind of performances into Arsenal's repertoire would certainly help Arsenal move on from van Persie's departure. 

It is doubtful that Giroud will perform very well immediately, but expect him to be a goal machine next season. 

There was, in fact, one player who could represent how Giroud will perform. 

When Marouane Chamakh started his first season with Arsenal in the 2010-2011 campaign, he was scoring goals on a consistent basis. Ultimately, he was allowing Arsenal to win key matches. 

Then, once van Persie recovered from his severe injury, the Dutchman made an incredible comeback, which eventually led to the great season he had. He didn't face more injuries, which is why he was able to maintain his form.

During this period of time, Chamakh didn't get to play as much as before, which lead to a stoop in form and a stoop in confidence. This conclusively resulted in his less effective performances.

Giroud is a player who is similar to Chamakh in terms of his abilities and characteristics.

Both players are tall, aerial threats who could score and assist goals from good headers. They could also both finish shots on a consistent basis. 

However, the difference is that Giroud was performing better entering Arsenal than Chamakh was when he joined Arsenal.

In addition, Giroud just had the best season of his career, so the additional confidence that he possesses while joining Arsenal will make his impact in the Premier League even more significant. 

So with this, Giroud could be even more deadly in front of goal than Chamakh was during his good spell in the beginning of his Arsenal career.

So in conclusion, van Persie's departure opens up numerous opportunities for Giroud to succeed as an Arsenal striker without seeing time on the bench.

The Arsenal captain had his best season, and him leaving would definitely be disheartening for the team. However, with Giroud, Podolski and Cazorla looking to make a positive impact on the team, things might not turn out so badly for the Gunners after all.

So, do you think Giroud will be able to step up to the challenge and lead the Arsenal attack with van Persie's departure to Manchester United?

Thanks for reading!


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