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Here are some common misconceptions about Arjen Robben that need to be cleared up:
262 players in Europe's elite leagues have scored more league goals (five) than Arjen Robben (four) this season
Robben has only played 12 Bundesliga games (four as a sub) and has scored/created a combined eight goals—that's an excellent return.
Bayern Munich have replaced Arjen Robben with Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan is a natural inside-out winger like Arjen, but Bayern management have played the Swiss international as a deep-lying forward and used him as the backup to Franck Ribery.
Arjen Robben is injury-prone
What else is new? That is why Bayern extended his contract (per ESPN FC) by two years instead of five.
The club haven't gone all-in on him as a starter because they view him as the next man up should Thomas Muller, who is one of the most durable players in the world, suffer a rare injury.
Now with Toni Kroos out for the foreseeable future (via the FC Bayern Munich website), Thomas will move into the central attacking midfield position, and Robben will take Muller's position on the right.
This is how Bayern operate and that is why they are the best-run club in Europe.
Arjen Robben is wasteful
Who would you rather: Robben who can create a shot for himself or Fernando Torres who shies away from shooting?
Let's compare Arjen to other volume-shooters.
He creates more shots per game than Cristiano Ronaldo, the Dutchman is more accurate in front of goals than Suarez and Robben has the highest pass percentage even though he routinely attempts incisive passes.
Arjen's SPG would be lower if he played more games, therefore giving him more opportunities to score.
|LEAGUE ONLY ||SPG ||SA% ||SCPG ||PA%
|Andre Schurrle ||11.5 ||57 ||1.2 ||78.1
|Arjen Robben ||9.0 ||65 ||2.0 ||86.6
|Cristiano Ronaldo ||7.1 ||62 ||1.6 ||77.1
|Gareth Bale ||7.8 ||57 ||2.4 ||77.7
|Luis Suarez ||7.7 ||50 ||2.7 ||76.9
SPG = shots per goal; SA = shooting accuracy percentage; SCPG = shots created per game; PA = passing accuracy percentage