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Why Arsenal's new signings aren't enough to keep RVP at the club


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Breaking tradition, Arsene Wenger has made early signings in the current transfer window. His signings, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud are both of quality and unlike previous seasons have not come too late in the transfer window.

However, the signings shouldn't placate fans' fears of losing Robin Van Persie. Merely because it seems like both signings are replacement's for the Dutchman and not aids to take the goal scoring load off the forward.

So why exactly do I feel RVP will leave Emirates in this transfer window?

Simply because the side Wenger has built isn't good enough to challenge for top honours on a regular basis. If Wenger was serious about keeping the Dutchman, he would look to spend the money on bolstering the defense and adding some creative flavour to his side.

If one analyzes the defence, it is pretty obvious last seasons' signing Per Mertesacker was left wanting. Losing his place to Dortmund's Matt Hummels in the German national side is enough proof of that. The other options Sebastien Squillaci & Johan Djourou haven't made a positive impact while Laurent Koscielny isn't consistent putting too much to captain Thomas Vermaelen’s shoulders. The unreliable Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny doesn’t help matters further.

With Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas leaving Arsenal in successive years, there is no one to run the midfield, last minute signings of Yossi Bennayoun and Mikel Arteta haven't been good enough. Backups Wilshire is a talent but brittle while Ramsey has failed to live up to expectations leaving the unlikely Abou Diaby to provide much needed assists for the team last season.

In addition, since losing Gilberto Silva and then Mathieu Flamini, this Arsenal side has lacked a player that can get stuck into the opposition and while Wenger might solve this problem by signing the talented Yann M'Vila it’s doubtful that along with the signings of Podolski and Giroud, this will convince Van Persie to stay at the club.

RVP’s next move maybe his last chance of winning silverware, something this immensely talented striker deserves. And with success with the national side also eluding him, a move at this stage of his career to a club that challenges for trophies year after year beckons.


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