If Van Persie leaves, who do we get to replace him? by KJ
So my previous article discussed what was happening in regards to RVP and his contract situation. However, regardless of what happens there, Wenger and co. have to be scouting strikers as the RVP saga is not a foregone solution by any means.
Let’s look at some of the must-be targets if Van Persie decides to leave:
Edinson Cavani: This is an extremely unlikely transfer. He will cost in excess of £35 million as well as having wages of about £120,000. However, we will be getting at least £20-£25 million from the sale of RVP and it’s not too farfetched to assume that we can muster up the remaining £10-£15 million from sales/CL money etc. It would be a massive sign of intent to sell RVP and to then get a striker who is younger and will most likely become even better than RVP given time. He is extremely strong in the air and is very mobile. He was a class act for Napoli this season both in the CL and in Serie A scoring 33 goals.
Radamel Falcao: Another world class striker who’s value and skills are very similar to his South American friend, Cavani. He is extremely strong both aerially and technically. He has decent pace and can score from any angle. He is the complete striker and arguably is better than Cavani. He has won the Europa league 2 seasons in a row now. He completely dominates that tournament. I understand that it is a weaker competition but it’s clear to see that he’s on a different level to most strikers.
Fernando Llorente: He in my opinion isn’t as strong as the previous two strikers. He is however a very serious player and will be difficult for any defence to handle. He is technically superior to most strikers his height and build. He was bought up with a similar philosophy to us; pass and move. He could easily fit into our system and would add a different dimension. We could see him costing about £10 million less than what Falcao and Cavani would fetch simply because he isn’t as good as them (and is slightly older).
This may seem like a silly article because we all know that Arsenal getting any one of these strikers is far beyond wishful thinking – but this is my example to you of who we would need in order to maintain the strength of the squad. It just shows how much I rate RVP, all 3 of these strikers have scored 30+ goals this season. They are only fit enough to replace RVP if he leaves.
Even then, they are very similar to what Giroud does. A big player with great technical ability. The Dutchman on the other hand is a bit smaller but technically better than all three strikers as well as being able to play in varied positions across the pitch.
I really hope we keep RVP this season; it will be near on impossible to find an appropriate replacement that we can afford. But if he DID leave, who would you go for?
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