Continuing the series created by Deepak Israni, I've decided to offer up Ruud Van Nistelrooy as a solution to Arsenal's post-Adebayor woes.
Since the exit of Adebayor, we've seen strikers far and wide being linked to Arsenal; Chamakh, Pandev, and Huntelaar to name but a few. Some even dreaming up people like; Aguero, Forlan, and Trezuget as possible replacements in this summer of speculation.
With an already impressive attacking line-up, including the likes of; Robin van Persie, Andrey Arshavin, Eduardo Da Silva, Nicklas Bendtner, and Carlos Vela, one might say that we don't need to further our attacking line, but clearly Arsenal supporters are divided on this issue.
While I'm a big supporter of Nicklas Bendtner and the idea he will step up his game greatly next season, I'm also certain it would be way too much to ask him to fill Adebayor's spot seamlessly. He's still young and hasn't fully bloomed yet, after all.
Now, Ruud van Nistelrooy is a genius. No one who has seen him in his glory days will argue against that, no matter how much they hate Man United/Madrid. One of the best out-and-out strikers to grace the game in recent decades, he is certainly a star, albeit an aging one.
Ruud van Nistelrooy: Fact-File
- Age: 33
- Position: Striker
- Current Club: Real Madrid
- National Team: Dutch international (Retired—67caps, 45goals)
- Honours: PSV Eindhoven—Eredivisie (1999-2000, 2000-2001), Johan Cruijff-schaal (1999, 2000); Manchester United—Premier League (2002-2003), FA Cup (2003-2004), Football League Cup (2005-2006), FA Community Shield (2003); Real Madrid—La Liga (2006-2007, 2007-2008), Supercopa de España (2008)
- Personal Honours: Eredivisie Top Scorer (1998–1999, 1999–2000), Dutch Player of the Year (1999, 2000), Champions League Most Valuable Striker (2001-2002), Barclaycard Player of the Year (2002), Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year (2001-2002, 2002-2003), PFA Player of the Year (2002), Champions League Top Scorer (2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2004-2005), UEFA Club Forward of the Year (2002-2003), Premier League Top Scorer (2002-2003), Pele's FIFA 100, Pichichi Trophy (2006-2007)
- Premier League tested
- Under the pecking order of Benzema and Raul at Real Madrid
- Great mentor for Bendtner and the other forwards
- Previous experience playing with Robin van Persie for the Dutch national team
- He has won a lot in his career. He could bring his winning mentality to the team.
- He's pretty good in the air at 6'2"
- Is the master of breaking the offsides trap.
- Bad ass
- Has his own song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYy2k5VdpqY)
- Slightly old for Wenger's tastes
- A gamble with his injury problems
- May be deterred by the fact that he used to play for Man United
- Hasn't played due to injury since November 2008