Arsenal Need To Buy In The Winter—Robin Van Persie Out For Five Months
Browsing through Arsenal FC's official website for news on the match against Chelsea nearly gave me a heart attack as the first news article on the website read—"Official Club statement - Robin van Persie: Dutch striker now expected to be out for four to five months."
This all happened when Giorgio Chiellini injured Robin Van Persie in the International friendly between Netherlands and Italy. The preliminary reports suggested that Robin Van Persie would recover in four to six weeks.
But on further review of Van Persie's scans and seeking advice from leading ankle specialist Dr. Niek van Dijk it was confirmed that "more extensive damage had been suffered than was first diagnosed."
Robin Van Persie now has to undergo surgery in order to reconstruct the ligaments in his ankle and would require at least five to six months in order to recover fully, and this is where the real problem starts.
At first when the reports said that Robin Van Persie would be out for only four to five weeks, everyone felt that Arsenal had dodged a major bullet as Robin Van Persie wouldn't be gone for long.
Van Persie was the best striker that Arsenal had, and it wouldn't be far fetched to suggest that he was the best player for Arsenal on the pitch (along with Cesc Fabregas, of course).
And the replacements for the best striker of the team aren't looking that convincing if Arsenal seriously want to win the Premier League.
People might argue that Eduardo is a good enough replacement but seeing him so wasteful in front of goal has certainly put out my fire.
Then there are Nicklas Bendtner—who is a good replacement but still hasn't struck form, Theo Walcott—who hasn't been tested as a striker yet and Carlos Vela—who has no experience whatsoever of the Premier League.
Now my point here is not to criticize the striking options they are all good players but to be honest they are good enough only to secure a Champions League playing spot, and I am sure that is not what the Gunners and their manager have set as the goal for the season.
This season the Gunners are doing so well and are in with a shout of winning the Premier League title unlike last season, and in order to win trophies this season Monsieur Wenger should stop being stingy and invest in a quality striker like he did last season with the signing of Andrei Arshavin to secure a top four finish.
If Arsene Wenger doesn't sign someone good the Gunners and Gooners should be prepared for another trophy-less season!
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