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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Can return of Robin end Arsenal's profligacy?

Arsenal are clearly more than capable of creating dozens of chances per Premier League game but they have so far been incredibly wasteful in front of goal this season. If the Gunners are to be successful in their bid to win what would be their first piece of major silverware since the 2005 FA Cup, then they are going to need the services of a player who is able to tuck away the chances the team are creating, and many fans of the club believe that the man who can do that is no other than Robin van Persie.

OK, so Marouane Chamakh has been impressive for the Gunners since his arrival in North London, but it is clear that he is not a 30-goal-a-season striker, or at least not at the moment, which means that Arsenal need another goal scorer fit and firing on all cylinders to help ease the burden on him. Although Van Persie is not a natural finisher in the same way that Alan Shearer or Thierry Henry once were, he has always shown that he is capable of chipping in with his fair share of both goals and assists when healthy. Anyone who has put a Premier League bet on Arsenal willing the title will want him to stay injury free.

It is, however, this latter problem that has so far caused the Dutchman to fail to fulfil his undoubted potential, with Wenger once suggesting that his injuries prevent him from playing any more than one game each week. Although this seems no longer to be the case, the fact remains that Arsenal may not be able to continue to rely upon a man who has so far played almost no part in their relatively successful start to the season and the Premier League best odds reflect this.

However, if the striker can stay healthy, get some games under his belt, and chip in with his fair share of goals, Arsenal may just stand a chance of winning the Premier League this year.

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