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There are not enough superlatives to cover the current form of Robin van Persie as he has shouldered the burden left by both Cesc and Samir and carried Arsenal through the darkness and back into the light.
On pace to break Alan Shearer's scoring record for league goals in a calendar year, a relatively injury-free Flying Dutchman has grown into the player that Arsene Wenger could see all those years ago. I'm sure we'd clone him if we could.
Backing up the devastating Dutchman, however, is where Arsenal finds itself at its weakest.
Marouane Chamakh started his career with Arsenal as brightly as any other player to come into the EPL. He immediately put his head to use scoring goals, then added his feet and finally began passing the ball around for assists.
And then he lost all confidence, all form and is still trying to find his way back onto the pitch. Seriously, look at him when he plays these days...the poor guy looks lost and with him goes our hope for a quality consistent aerial threat at the front.
Park Chu-Young has yet to make a heavy impact for Arsenal, but the South Korean's quality is well known from his international prowess. That the man can score is accepted, but whether he can translate that to the EPL remains to be seen. With only a year-and-a-half in which to do so, hopefully he comes to life sooner rather than later.
Bendtner and Vela are currently out on loan and are an interesting pair. Bendtner has the tools to be amazing, but his ego gets in the way of his feet. Vela has fallen out of favor for failing to produce given his limited opportunities over the years and their days as part of the formal Arsenal squad are numbered.
OUT: From the outside looking in, it would appear that Marouane Chamakh's time at Ashburton Grove is done, but with Arsene Wenger you can never really tell. The player himself has stated that he cannot get better because he does not play and is willing to leave. Arsenal plays with a single man up front in the middle and that, perhaps, is part of the problem.
Chamakh should look elsewhere because he'll never be the true No. 1 option for the Gunners.
Bendtner and Vela both needs to either make their loan moves permanent or find other clubs that are willing to deal with them. Bendtner is a malcontent convinced of his own superiority and Vela lacks the skill to excel in the Premier League.
IN: If there is a single position outside of the midfield that has received a flurry of attention, it's the lone striker/center forward that Arsenal employs and a veritable list of who's who keeps the rumor mill running:
Lukas Podolski, Karim Benzema, Moussa Sow, Marco Reus, M'Baye Niang, Loïc Rémy, Seydou Doumbia, and Salomon Kalou are all names that have been bandied about and any of the above would bring some relief for van Persie and help alleviate the scoring load.