The title of this piece may have evoked a range of responses from Arsenal fans, some remembering the quality that we saw from RVP over the last 18 months and some the bitter taste his betrayal left us. Looking at the facts though Van Persie scored a phenomenal 59 goals in his last 18 months at his club and almost single handedly got us to 3rd place last season. Whilst I have lost respect for him as a person, a captain is there to lead not to walk away, as a player he still commands my attention when Manchester United are on TV.
Despite playing the figurehead at the head of Arsenal’s 4-5-1/4-3-3 Van Persie was noted for his tendency to drop back into midfield, pick up the ball and then try and launch attacks forward with his wide range of passing often setting players like Walcott away. Robin Van Persie scored an assortment of goals, ranging from the sublime including first time volleys after letting the ball over his shoulder to many fox in the box tap-ins. He improved his ability in the air chipping in with some headers, most notably the one against Borussia Dortmund after Song showed a previous unseen skill from the wing.
Michu was brought last summer by Swansea for the ridiculously low figure of £2 million from Rayo Vallecano this after a season where he finished as the top scoring goalscorer in La Liga with 15 goals. How Swansea got a player of this calibre for so cheap and with such little opposition is a question many Premier League fans are asking. Traditionally an attacking centre mid, Michu has continued his fine scoring run for Swansea scoring 16 goals so far in all competitions this season. He has featured upfront. His hold up play whilst not as good as Giroud is commendable and he has the ability to score goals with his head, in fact if you see his goals this season they come from all forms headers, right foot, left foot and even one with his shoulder I think.
When playing upfront it is often noted that he does infact, like Van Persie, like to drop deep and pick up the ball. His finishing so far this season has been a match for Van Persie, whilst he does not quite have the same passing array his is more impressive then current strikers Walcott, Giroud or Gervinho. He plays for Swansea he play such a similar style so a transition into the Arsenal team should be easy especially has he has already thrived in the Premier League.
His ability to play ACM, i.e. the Cazorla role, would also be useful with versatility a key component of any good Premier League player. At the moment we have no back-up to Cazorla except maybe Rosicky, who whilst there is no question over his talent his injury record often leaves us short in the position. It has been noted Cazorla’s performances have been dropped and it is fairly evident that being overplayed is a major factor in this. Michu would provide amble support for Cazorla when he needs to be rested and the competition to drive him on. Another advantage is he is not cup-tied in Europe unlike potential other target’s.
In fact Cazorla could help us get Michu, being a fellow Spaniard both are in fact shareholders in their home clubs of Real Oviedo, along with Juan Mata, these 3 input money to prevent the club from going under.
Even if Arsenal do convert Walcott into a forward they do need another striker and Michu seems to fit the bill with his goalscoring record, link-up play and potential to fill in elsewhere. We have already missed out on Ba to Chelsea, Villa and Huntelaar are no-go’s and its unlikely we will get Falcao. With Swansea having got him only 6 months ago it may be hard to pry Michu out there hands but I think I speak for all Arsenal fans when I say the transfer window has been to quiet for us when there are such obvious ddeficiencies in our team. I’d rather we tried to show some movement and ambition and bid £12 to 15 million for Michu, a fair price for Arsenal and Swansea. If Swansea don’t want to sell or quote to much we can move on to other targets, any club will have a list of targets as you often end up not getting your first choice.
So apart from the annoying fact we missed out on a quality player for £2 million, do you think Michu would be a good fit for Arsenal and if so how much would you be willing to pay for him even if it would just stop him scoring against us? If were quick we could even get him before the FA CUP return leg.
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