Arsenal FC: RvP Departure Is Proving to Be a Blessing for the Gunners
As the first seven games have gone by for Arsenal, there have been various points to take away. One could be that Arsenal's defense has proven to be much better than last season's. Another could be that the team looks reborn in a way.
However, one point that some might agree with, others not, is that Robin van Persie's departure to Manchester United has been quite beneficial for Arsenal.
He was the team's captain and the main source of goals for the whole of last season as he was able to find his form in a season where injuries did not hinder his form. The Dutchman managed to win the golden boot in a season that seemed to be lost in the initial stages of the Premiership. But, due to his massive number of goals, Arsenal managed to finish third.
Despite losing their number one scorer, Arsenal was quick to find other sources for goals, with Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud being the main pieces of this puzzle.
Another vital piece was added with Santi Cazorla, who has now proven to be one of the signings of the summer for any team.
In the early stages of the new season, doubt was cast upon the new-look Arsenal as people weren't sure how van Persie's goals would be replaced. The first two matches of the season justified the uncertainty as the Gunners walked off the pitch having drawn 0-0 to Sunderland and Stoke City.
However, a goal was bound to come, and it did in a 2-0 victory at Anfield.
From then on, goals have been coming with a snap. Following their win over Liverpool, Arsenal went on to score many goals in their matches; the Gunners managed to score 6 against Southampton and 6 more against Coventry in a Capital One Cup fixture.
This brings up the first benefit of van Persie's departure.
Now that the primary goal scorer was gone, it was necessary for some new faces to step up and become key parts of the Arsenal attack.
The first man to start his goal scoring streak this season was Lukas Podolski. He scored 2 great goals in his debut, which was against his former club, Cologne. This was only the start.
After the spell of goalless games, against Sunderland and Stoke, it was Podolski who broke the chains as he unleashed a good finish that Pepe Reina couldn't save. The speedy German went on to score a nice curled free kick in the 6-1 cruising over the Saints, a cool finish past the Montpellier keeper, and a timely goal against Olympiacos.
Another man who has managed to improve his goal tally massively is Gervinho. At this point in time, he has already surpassed his goal numbers from the past season. So far this season, he has scored 5 great goals, while in the 2011-2012 campaign, he just managed to put 4 into the net.
Theo Walcott has also managed to contribute greatly to the Arsenal attack, having scored 4 goals to help Arsenal win matches.
These players have managed to compensate for van Persie's absence, and at the moment, I could probably tell you that the Dutchman is not being missed at the Emirates.
The next big reason that van Persie's departure is helping the Gunners is that the team is becoming closer and there is more chemistry amongst the team.
So far, many partnerships have been developed and there seems to be more of a fluency amongst the team.
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Some of the partnerships include Mikel Arteta and his compatriot Santi Cazorla, Podolski and Cazorla, Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker. The following one isn't necessarily a partnership, but Gervinho and Podolski have both been scoring goals at a great rate when they are on the pitch together.
Last season, Arsenal's performances were based, more or less, on one player, van Persie. However, with him out of the picture, the team can perform well as a whole even if another player might not be playing at his best.
Let's say that in one match, Podolski isn't playing as well as he normally does. He might not be driving into the box with as much tenacity as usual. But, it won't matter because other players could step up and score the goals that Podolski might not be able to on that certain day. The other players such as Walcott, Gervinho, Chamberlain, and Cazorla would be able to help out.
Ultimately, if van Persie stayed, Arsenal could be in a better position than they are now. But no matter what, his departure has brought along some benefits that are making the team better than last season.
So, do you think van Persie's departure is blessing?
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