Posted on Sunday, 6th May 2012 by Tony Merakli
Robin van Persie has yet to agree a new deal at Arsenal, but the Dutchman has, in the past, declared that he will sit down with Arsene Wenger and discuss his future at the end of the season. Wenger himself remains confident and hopeful that the 28-year-old will sign a new long-term contract before the start of Euro 2012, and of course every single Arsenal fan (including myself) will be praying that our captain and talisman remains a Gunner beyond the following summer.
Meanwhile, Lukas Podolski’s transfer from FC Koln was confirmed last week and as such will feature for Arsenal next season.
But was the 26-year-old German international brought to replace or support RVP? Well obviously we all hope it was for the latter of the two options. However, the very early acquisition by Wenger makes me think Le Boss is thinking about life without Robin next season.
Undoubtedly Podolski and Van Persie upfront would be unbelievable to witness as an Arsenal follower, especially considering that the former has netted 18 in 27 Bundesliga matches, while the latter has scored 30 in 37 Premier League games. It would be a strike partnership for the ages, one, in my opinion, which would be destructive to opposition sides and perhaps could eventually emulate that of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.
However, will RVP remain a Gunner at the end of the summer? I hope so, but I believe this solely depends on our club qualifying for the Champions League next season. Our recent 3-3 draw has set us back in our quest for this and undoubtedly put us in a very precarious position, which is not good at all. We have no control over our destiny and this is worrying, and results like this could play a part in Van Persie’s decision to leave Arsenal.
In any case, I’m very happy that we’ve acquired Podolski for around £10 million, as I am a keen admirer of the German forward, and should RVP decide to call it quits then we already have a great replacement on our hands.
What do you guys reckon – Was Podolski brought in to replace or support RVP?
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