So this year’s Emirates transfer saga is finally over, as RVP will put pen to paper on a four year deal for arch rivals Manchester United. Gooners fans have been on an emotional rollercoaster with this story all summer long, with many Arsenal fans stating their former golden boy “wasn’t
that good” and the classic “he’s injury prone”. They couldn’t be more wrong…
Arsenal fans here should look at the facts:
A) He only had two seasons at Arsenal where he didn’t play more than 25 games.
B) He was the Premier Leagues best player over the last two calendar years.
Are these fans just covering up the fact that he has been Arsenal’s stand out player since the Va-Va-voom era of their talismanic Frenchman? Is it covering up the fact that Arsenal are a selling club? Or could this deal strangely be, the only transfer in recent times where the Gunners have gotten the best deal?
RVP leaving the Emirates club might not be as disastrous as Gunners fans would think. They have been shrewd in their transfers and more
importantly got them done early. Podolski and Corzola in particular could be seen as marquee signings, as there level of performance has been consistently excellent throughout their career.
People see Podolski as a like for like replacement for RVP but I can’t see that. He will instead fill the void of the left hand side that has been the bane of poor acquisitions since Robert Pires. Podolski’s pace and natural ability on his left foot, will help bring a balance to an Arsenal side that has lost its style since the departure of Fabregas, a player Arsenal have never truly replaced, until they signed Corzola. His dictation of tempo and magnificent vision could lead him to be THE signing of the season, overshadowing the RVP move. Yes Van the Man would have operated perfectly alongside these players, but for how long? He’s 29 years old and in the latter years of his career which begs the question:
£24 million? Very Steep no matter how classy….
So why have United opted for the Premier Leagues top goalscorer? (Have a guess).
Sir Alex Ferguson has been building for the future. The ins and outs of the club suggest this massively with signings such as Jones, Smalling, Powell and De Gea, compared to the outs of O’Shea, Brown, Park and Van Der Sar (retired). So why RVP? Is Fergie papering over the cracks of the club’s inability to sign a marquee player? With Lucas Moura, Modric and Nasri all opting for a better financial package elsewhere, is this a statement showing Manchester United (the most valuable club in the world) can still compete with clubs financially? Probably so…
Most United fans (myself included) would have preferred a goalscoring midfielder or a much needed right back, however we add a striker
where we already have four on the books. Ferguson has wanted to add a striker with precision and composure in front of goal, but wasn’t that the reason United signed Berbatov? His lack of pace and inability to play on the shoulder prompted the promotion of Danny Welbeck and the signing of Hernandez, therefore ending his United career after a Premier League golden boot. RVP however can play on the shoulder but is more
effective just dropping off and linking play. Something Fergie loves his strikers to do (hence the sale of Van Nistelrooy) as well as putting the ball
in the net.
A Tale of Two Clubs
A better financial package and a chance to win silverware would appeal to any player, no matter his loyalty. RVP has seen some barren years at the Emirates and in the latter years of his career, he wants to add to a sparse trophy cabinet. At Manchester United he will do this. Come the end of the season United are always in the hunt as history proves. However it’s ironic that Arsenal have their best chance at winning silverware this year, with the excellent signings they have made as well as the promotion of (Gunners legend) Steve Bould to No. 2, therefore eradicating Arsenal’s defensive frailties.
So a defensively sound Arsenal side that can hit teams on the break with real pace and prowess, will compete against a goals galore United side that have their talismanic captain back.
It’s going to be one of them seasons again………..