Arsenal: Can Podolski, Giroud or Jovetic fill Van Persie’s boots?
With the Dutch superstar deciding not to extend his stay at the Emirates stadium who is going to fill his role as the main man at Arsenal?
After a long spell at the London club and numerous injury problems the Dutchman has decided his future rests elsewhere, but will the Arsenal board make him see out his contract and lose him for nothing next summer or will they cash in on their prized asset now?
Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud have arrived at Arsenal but will they provide the killer instinct up front? Both players have outstanding goalscoring records. Podolski has 44 goals in 101 appearances for the German national side while Giroud's finishing ability at club level is up there with the very best. He led the scoring charts for Montpellier with 21 goals in 36 appearances and helped them to the Ligue 1 trophy.
You would think that Arsenal would be adequately equipped offensively with such a talented strike force. They would also have Walcott on the wing and the imminent return of Jack Wilshere to boot, but there have been rumours that Arsene Wenger may part with £25 million to land Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic. The 22-year-old has the ability to play as a striker or just in behind and has great ability to find pockets of space and put teams to the sword. Could he be the player to help Arsene Wenger's team bring the Premier League trophy back to the Emirates?
Being dubbed by many as the next Roberto Baggio, Jovetic would be a great addition to any team, but Arsenal would have competition in signing the youngster as Chelsea are said to be very keen on him too.
With Giroud though they have a man who has all the qualities of an old fashioned striker, standing 6ft 3in and with great heading ability, he seems to be the man that Arsene will build his team around.
If you were to ask me would Arsene be happy with his team for the new campaign I think he would. With Theo Walcott finishing last season strongly and hopefully the likes of Wilshere and Diaby getting fit he might not break the bank for another player and start the season with two very exciting talents in Podolski and Giroud. However, will RVP's departure see Walcott leave as well?
Article by James Connolly
Calling all Arsenal fans: Do you have faith in Podolski and Giroud? Should Wenger splash the cash and land Jovetic? Can anyone replace RVP? Would you let Walcott leave the Emirates? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.